Projective identification in thetherapeutic process 44

Arthur Malin and James S. Grotstein

Recent articles by Loewald (1960) and Searles (1963) having to do with certain aspects of the therapeutic process have stimulated us to investigate what we believe may be the basis of the therapeutic effect in psycho-analysis. In our view the concept of projective identification can be fruitfully applied to an understanding of the therapeutic process. We shall attempt to describe the concept of projective identification and then discuss the relevance of this idea to normal and pathological development with a view toward clarifying the therapeutic process in light of it.

The term projective identification was first used by Melanie Klein (1946) and was ...

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