Vicissitudes of projective identification

Albert Mason

In 1946 Melanie Klein published one of her most important works entitled ‘Notes on some schizoid mechanisms.’ In this paper Klein described the psychic processes occurring in the first three months of life; she delineated the characteristics of the early ego as well as the form and nature of its object relations and anxieties. Klein described schizoid states including idealization, ego disintegration, and projective processes connected with splitting for which she introduced the term ‘projective identification’. For Klein, splitting was the key concept of this stage of development and state of mind.

Klein (1921) had also examined splitting processes in her first published paper and continued ...

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