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Manic Defenses against Loneliness in Adolescence THOMAS F. BARRETT, PH.D. This essay focuses on the challenges adolescents face as they progress in the process of object removal. The loosening of primary libidinal object ties triggers object loss and a unique form of loneliness specific to ado- lescence, which may be misdiagnosed as depression. Rather than stem- ming from a fear of loss of love from the primary object, the loneliness results from the adolescent’s need to transfer love from primary objects to new adult relationships not yet available to him. The resultant emptiness may be defended against by overuse of t
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