Projective identification: an alternative hypothesis.

  • M S Porder
  • Published 1987 in The Psychoanalytic quarterly
The concept of projective identification as a primitive defense mechanism is reassessed. An alternative hypothesis is offered: that projective identification can best be understood as a compromise formation which includes as its major component an "identification with the aggressor" or a "turning of passive into active." This reversal is demonstrated within… CONTINUE READING