projective identification


Also found in: Wikipedia.

projective identification

a defensive attribution of one's own psychic processes to another person.

projective identification

Psychiatry The projection of an emotion or personality trait–with which the person is uncomfortable–onto another person–eg, a child, as in the Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome. See Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome.

pro·jec·tive i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion

(prŏ-jek'tiv ī-den'ti-fi-kā'shŭn)
A defensive attribution of one's own psychic processes to another person.
References in periodicals archive ?
Among his topics are the territory of the transference and the value of phantasy interpretations: a Kleinian expansion, a case study of one patient's fear of self-definition and his depressive phantasies of disappointment and rejection, depressive anxiety and the motives for manic control, and projective identification in restricted and uncontained states of mind.
There are many intriguing questions worth considering: How should the development of shame in the context of primitive mental processes, projective identification and container-contained dynamics be understood?
Klein (15), while studying premature defense mechanisms, introduces the concept of projective identification in the psychoanalysis field.
Projective identification is an unconscious process in which aspects of the self are split off and projected onto another person.
We are not presented with a book of a Kleinian psychoanalyst, but with a critical study on a notion invented by Melanie Klein, projective identification, which plays an essential role in the practice of Kleinian-oriented analysts.
The projective identification is part of the real identity; we built up an identity in relation with the others; a projection into the others, the perception of alterity, which does not mean a dissolution of identity, a change or a dispersion into a multitude of relationships, but "a gain in identity, a supplement to the condition of being", as Bruno Tritsmans asserts.
Langer's Feeling and Form, showing their congruence with British object-relations analyses of projective identification and the mother's holding environment as models for the process of obtaining the stillness of aesthetic contemplation.
Hatred and the aggression associated with hatred can also be explained on the basis of Denial, Projection and Projective Identification.
Klein's texts, with their descriptions of fragmented body parts and infants who fantasize about scooping out and destroying maternal bodies, her warring worlds of internal objects, personality split into bits, and fears expelled through projective identification, often read like science-fiction novels.
Summoning the Recluse" (1625) by Xiang Shengmo invites us to join the scholar through an act of projective identification as he navigates pathways through the endless painted mountains, over tiny bridges to a hermit hut.
Based on Bion's theory of mental pain and projective identification we will show that the damnation of mental pain and its communication entered within Christian community experience due to social and group dynamic pressing toward the control of the free communication of pain experience.
Instead, art can become political if it (1) enables "metaphoring," (2) fosters anthropomorphism, (3) produces an elastic, if not anachronistic, sense of time that flows in both directions, (4) exists in a space whose open-endedness allows intersubjectivity to happen, and (5) cuts across types of memory to produce projective identification with political trauma as a liberating phenomenon.