Book: Regression to Dependence

“The underlying fears of the person with limited ego development involve, according to Little (1987), “return to the earliest unintegrated state {where} there is risk of repeated annihilation…forced integration, against which {one} has no defence…of being let fall while helpless, there being no boundary or control” (pg.11) This level usually also includes a state of resignation, with the analysand unable to believe that anything or anyone could make a difference in altering the analysand’s mental state.” pg. 23 Regression to Dependence: A Second Opportunity for Ego Integration and Developmental Progression by Van Sweden,1995