Object Relations in East and West: Self, No Self, the Abhidhamma, and W.R.D. Fairbairn
There are many ways to understand the formation of egos and mind objects. Buddhism is known for espousing “egolessness,” but it is not the release of the ego as understood in Fairbairnian Object Relations Theory. Buddhist psychology offers its own understanding of the development of mind objects. Through deep meditative states, one can experience the pristine ego and through lovingkindness meditation, ease the intensity of the Persecutory Object. Buddhist psychology and Object Relations Theory inform one another, providing for a more comprehensive way of understanding internal mind object formation and cessation.