Projective identification in contemporary French-language psychoanalysis42

Jean-Michel Quinodoz

The gradual advance of Kleinian concepts in psychoanalysis as practised in the French-speaking world

A concept considered to be typically Kleinian

Projective identification was described by Klein in 1946. From then on, it has been considered by many analysts to be one of the characteristic concepts of the Kleinian school, a source of admiration for some and an excuse for criticism for others. It has been said that the concept of projective identification is the pons asinorum of Kleinian theory, in other words that it is the prerequisite for understanding Kleinian thinking, just as Pythagoras's theorem is a key concept in descriptive geometry. René ...

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