A brief review of projective identification inAmerican psychoanalytic literature

Elizabeth Spillius

In this chapter I attempt to illustrate some of the general themes described by Roy Schafer (in Chapter 14 ) in his helpful overview of the work of American psychoanalysts on the concept of projective identification. The chapter is based partly on general reading and partly on information provided by Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (‘PEP’ CD-Rom). 43 My brief survey suggests that although the interest of American psychoanalysts in the idea of projective identification began slowly, by the 1970s it had begun to quicken and by the 1990s nearly four times as many American as British authors were writing about the topic.

This surge of interest ...

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