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Grinberg, L. (1962). On a Specific Aspect of Countertransference Due to the Patient's Projective Identification. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 43:436-440.

(1962). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 43:436-440

On a Specific Aspect of Countertransference Due to the Patient's Projective Identification

Leon Grinberg


This paper deals with the disturbance in technique arising from the excessive interplay of projective identification and what is termed 'projective counteridentifications'. The latter came about specifically, on some occasions, as the result of an excessive projective identification, which is not consciously perceived by the analyst, who, in consequence, finds himself 'led' into it. The analyst then behaves as if he had really and concretely acquired, by assimilating them, the aspects that were projected on to him. The various considerations are supported by relevant clinical examples.

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