Primitive Mental States Explained
Splitting As Precursor to Projective Identification (Vol. 1, Issue 32)
The potential violence of projective identifications, explored in last week’s issue, transitions nicely into a detailed discussion of splitting—the other primitive defense mechanism.
It is not clear that splitting literally occurs as a precursor.
Perhaps both primitive defense mechanisms emerge spontaneously, in parallel?
In any event, here is the logic: