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Freud makes clear that primary narcissism is recoverable through loyalty to this ideal.
It is, in Leclaire's words, not ourselves in primary narcissism (where no bounded self can as yet exist) but rather "the representation of the primary narcissistic representative.
Brownstein observes that Freud's account of identity formation "shifts from a primary narcissism, an internalized mother, to love object, an internalized father, the latter reified in symbolic forms and cultural prohibitions as the signatures of oedipal resolution" (14).

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