was first proposed by British psychoanalyst W. Ronald Fairbairn (1889 - 1964) which formed a smaller part of the larger object relations theory. He suggested that personality developed similar to relationships developing.

FAIRBAIRNIAN THEORY: "One of the many strands of the object relationss theory with respect to the psychoanalytic approach is the fairbairnian theory, first postulated by W. Ronald Fairbairn."
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