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Projective identification

The fate of the concept in Italy and Spain

Jorge Canestri

In order to trace an outline, even though incomplete, of the fate and use of the concept of projective identification in Italian and in Spanish psychoanalysis, I have examined its literature and have benefited from the help of colleagues from these two countries. I am grateful to them, although the responsibility for anything that is missing or inaccurate, and for the general layout of this presentation, obviously falls on me.41

Some general premises

Some preliminary statements will be useful to help identify the problem we are dealing with. First, even when we have in mind the study of the evolution of a specific concept, it is necessary first to outline ...

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