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A part of limerence is the objectification of the person we are limerent over, hence the term Limerent Object (LO). An understanding of Object Relations can help understand the objectification that occurs in limerence. 

Object relations theory within psychoanalytic psychology describes how experience affects unconscious predictions of others' social behaviors, with repeated experiences of the caretaking environment forming internalized images, which usually depict one's mother, father, or primary caregiver, and later experiences only somewhat reshaping these early images.

Object relations theory further holds that the infant mind initially comprehends objects by their functions, which are termed "part objects,"which in a "good enough" "facilitating environment" eventually become a comprehension of whole objects that corresponds to tolerance of ambiguity. Object relations theory derives from psychodynamic theory.

 

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