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On projective identification 48

Thomas H. Ogden

I. Introduction

It is a continuing task of psychoanalytic thinking to attempt to generate concepts and consistent language that are helpful in under-standing the interplay between phenomena in an intrapsychic sphere (e.g. thoughts and feelings) and phenomena in the sphere of external reality and interpersonal relations (e.g. the reality of the other person in an object relationship as opposed to the psychological representation of that person). Psychoanalytic theory suffers from a paucity of concepts and language that help to bridge these areas. Since projective identification can be understood as representing one such bridging formulation, it is to the detriment of psychoanalytic thinking that ...

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