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Compton, A. (1985). The Concept of Identification in the Work of Freud, Ferenczi, and Abraham: A Review and Commentary. Psychoanal Q., 54:200-233.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54:200-233

The Concept of Identification in the Work of Freud, Ferenczi, and Abraham: A Review and Commentary

Allan Compton, M.D.

ABSTRACT

The development of the concept of identification in the work of Freud, Ferenczi, and Abraham is reviewed and analyzed from the standpoint of the development of the psychoanalytic object concept in general. Problems in the theory are seen to be related to ambiguity of the terms, ego and object, especially as reflected in the idea of introjection. The concept of identification, on the other hand, is shown to have undergone consistent evolution and expansion.

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