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Developments by British Kleinian analysts27

Elizabeth Spillius

I believe that nowadays most Kleinian analysts would agree with Klein herself in thinking that although projective identification is important, it is not the most central and distinctively Kleinian concept. Pride of place is reserved for the comprehensive ideas of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions. Indeed, the term ‘projective identification’ was first defined by Klein in her paper ‘Notes on some schizoid mechanisms’ (1946), which is her definitive statement of the paranoid-schizoid position.

Nevertheless many papers by contemporary Kleinian British analysts use the idea of projective identification clinically and a somewhat smaller number of papers have been specifically ...

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