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Hamilton, N.G. (1986). Positive Projective Identification. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 67:489-496.

(1986). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 67:489-496

Positive Projective Identification

N. Gregory Hamilton


This paper suggests that literature concerning projective identification has excessively focused on the projection of unwanted aspects of the

self without giving adequate consideration to projective identification involving good qualities. It is proposed that clinical advantages may derive from dividing projective identification into positive and negative components. This division allows a more ready emphasis on the capacity for beneficial object relations which even psychotic individuals retain despite their obvious hostility. Case vignettes are provided to demonstrate positive projective identification and to emphasize the clinical usefulness of this concept.

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