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(2007). Correction. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 15(1):144-145.

(2007). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 15(1):144-145

Correction Related Papers

In the fall 2006 issue, we published part 2 of Ely Garfinkle's “Towards Clarity in the Concept of Projective Identification,” which should have included the following abstract and résumé. We regret the omission.

In the interest of more accurate communication about projective identification, and notwithstanding the relational dimension to this issue, the author proposes the adoption of a definition of projective identification restricting it to unconscious phantasy. As a consequence, any described effects of the communication of unconscious phantasy from analysand to analyst would not come under the proper definition of projective identification. Thus events in the interpersonal space, experiences in the analyst's counter-transference (whatever their origin), the expression and perception of the analyst's capacity to receive, process, and digest communications from the analysand (both conscious and unconscious)—all would be defined separately, whatever their relation to each other. Using clinical examples, I will try to show how psychoanalytic authors' differing definitions of projective identification, where the same term (projective identification) is used to describe different aspects of the psychic realities of analysand and analyst (inclusive and exclusive of the interpersonal space), leave the reader devoid of a common reference point.

L'auteur tente de démontrer que les multiples définitions de l'identification projective présentes dans la littérature psychanalytique ne sont pas assez précises pour permettre un dialogue psychanalytique significatif entre psychanalystes quant à l'essence de la communication humaine. Bien que les descriptions de divers auteurs portant sur la réalité psychique et interpersonnelle s'accordent, le consensus s'effrite lorsqu'il s'agit de décrire, d'une part, différents événements (psychiques ou interpersonnels), et d'autre part, les diverses facettes de ces mêmes événements.

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