Contribution to the psychopathology of psychotic states

The importance of projective identification in the ego structure and the object relations of the psychotic patient29

Herbert Rosenfeld

Following the suggestion of the organizers of the Symposium that I should discuss the importance of projective identification and ego splitting in the psychopathology of the psychotic patient, I shall attempt to give you a survey of the processes described under the term: ‘projective identification’.

I shall first define the meaning of the term ‘projective identification’ and quote from the work of Melanie Klein, as it was she who developed the concept. Then I shall go on to discuss very briefly the work of two other writers whose use appeared to be related ...

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