Bad object

One of the results of splitting of the psychic representations of objects into their pleasurable, exciting, good, supportive, nurturing, and needs-meeting aspects (i.e., the good object) and their unpleasurable, frustrating, undesirable, painful, deprecatory, damaged, critical, hostile, incomplete, and disavowed aspects (i.e., the bad object). Splitting is a normal EGO mechanism during infantile development; in the adult, it is a manifestation of an inability to integrate positive and negative qualities of the object (or SELF) into a cohesive image.