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Berman, E. (2002). Identifying with the Other—A Conflictual, Vital Necessity: Commentary on Paper by Jay Frankel. Psychoanal. Dial., 12(1):141-151.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(1):141-151

Identifying with the Other—A Conflictual, Vital Necessity: Commentary on Paper by Jay Frankel Related Papers

Emanuel Berman, Ph.D.

Frankel's paper is related to issues in the study of multiple personality, as well as to the dilemmas of identification in psychoanalytic training. The main point raised in this discussion is that the generalization that all identification is related to fear is untenable and that a continuum should be recognized between identification with the other in a close relationship as a constructive building block of one's identity and a traumatic identification with the aggressor that results in alienation.

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