Assaultive projective identification and the plundering of the victim's identity.

Abstract

A destructive mode of projective identification is delineated: a predator's catastrophic attack calculated to cause the victim a stress disorder marked by a disarrayed identity. This discomposure enables the perpetrator to aggrandize a manifold inroad upon the victim's identity to imprint, intrude, mingle and/or lodge his representation into it; to ravage, steal from, impoverish, and/or corrupt it; finally to have his representation emerge as an internal regulator of the traumatized prey's functioning. The victim's debased integrity is manifest in the symptoms of his ensuing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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@article{Rosenman2003AssaultivePI, title={Assaultive projective identification and the plundering of the victim's identity.}, author={Stanley Rosenman}, journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry}, year={2003}, volume={31 3}, pages={521-40} }