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Projective identification

The fate of the concept in Germany

Helmut Hinz

Reception, positive adoption, critical and aversive voices: German contributions

In order to outline the reception of the concept of projective identification, I began by looking in the index of key words to the psychoanalytic journal Psyche to see when this term first started to appear in articles there. It is first mentioned in 1957 with the translation of Melanie Klein's Envy and Gratitude, followed in 1960 by Klein's ‘Some theoretical conclusions regarding the life of the infant’ (Klein, 1952c). These in turn are followed by Betty Joseph's ‘Some characteristics of the psychopathic personality’ (Joseph, 1961), as well as A. Bonnard's ‘Pre-body ego types of (pathological) ...

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