Freud's assertion that of object-cathexes might seem to assign ofplace, of the subject, to desire. However, after a to the matter ofpathological who) came "first" in favor of identification. the father in his own personal prehistory," in the first instance the consequence or of direct and immediate identification and takes place earlier than any object-cathexis" (1923, 31).6 Even as other objects come and go and are soldered into the ego, this "prehistorical" identification with the father will continue to impress itself on the character of the ego; the super-ego is heir to this first attachment.