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Object Relations?

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When I look at an object, I come with only the most basic relations – how it tastes, smells, etc. – but beyond such direct imagery, I seem to have to make a real effort to get to any other thought about an object – nothing “reminds” me of another incident, person, or thing – no thought process is initiated. Is this normal?

This might not seem like a mental “problem” per se, but I feel that there is a lack of ability to emotionally or logically associate everyday objects/events to other object/events. Could I please get a professional opinion?

Object Relations?

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It sounds like you recognize the fact that you are not able to make full associations to objects, and I imagine there is some frustration with this awareness. I am glad you are open to learning more about how you process information.

While there is too little information for me to hazard a diagnostic opinion, there are several possibilities that warrant further testing. I would encourage you to make an appointment with a neuropsychologist or a neurologist in your area. These professionals are skilled in taking your history and following through with a detailed examination of your circumstances. Some conditions, like various types of agnosia, would require a diagnosis made by a professional.

Each of us perceives and learns of the world in unique ways. I think your desire to learn more about your process can only add to your growth as a person.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan

Object Relations?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Object Relations?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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