Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Bellerophon complex- object drives
I don't think I've ever posted about the Bellerophon complex in the object drives but one patient has the repetition very clearly. She aims for men who normally have "model" girlfriends and are the "whole package" and are "out of her league". The excitement of landing one of these men is all-consuming but at the same time she has her doubts that he could honestly want her and thinks that he has a secret life he hasn't told her about. She reports that her "head is spinning" and the punishment of Ixion is salient here. Along with the denial of attaining the man and expectations of him to turn into a cloud (the metaphor used on the Ixion myth) this presents it as a phallic deutero case of the Bellerophon complex.