ANNIHILATION

n. In psychoanalytic theory, this term refers to the complete destruction of the self. In object relations theory, this term is used to refer to a fear of self-destruction, often termed annihilation anxiety. Later, Melanie Kline viewed it as part of the death instinct, whereas psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott (1896-1971) viewed it as anxiety arising due to environmental constraints.

ANNIHILATION: "A person would fall victim to annihilation if he or she destroyed him or herself in some manner. "
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "ANNIHILATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/annihilation/ (accessed June 28, 2017).
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