Schizoid Phenomena and Relational Needs

Dan Eastop


This article describes schizoid phenomena and how the concept of relational needs is used in integrative psychotherapy. Drawing from client work, the author explores some of the unique qualities involved in offering a contact-oriented, relational form of therapy with an individual who uses the schizoid process of a social façade to protect the vital and vulnerable self. Relational needs are discussed in terms of transference, countertransference, and schizoid phenomena.


schizoid, schizoid process, social façade, relational-needs, schizoid phenomena, transference, countertransference, relational psychotherapy, integrative psychotherapy

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