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Cavalli, A. (2008). Regazzoni Goretti, Giovanna. ‘Projective identification’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2007, 88, 2, pp. 378-405, and: Letter to the editors from J.S Grotstein ‘On “Projective identification” and ‘Reply to Dr. Grotstein’ by G. Regazzoni Goretti, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2007, 88, 5, pp. 1289-90. J. Anal. Psychol., 53(4):587-589.

(2008). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53(4):587-589

Regazzoni Goretti, Giovanna. ‘Projective identification’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2007, 88, 2, pp. 378-405, and: Letter to the editors from J.S Grotstein ‘On “Projective identification” and ‘Reply to Dr. Grotstein’ by G. Regazzoni Goretti, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2007, 88, 5, pp. 1289-90

Review by:
Alessandra Cavalli

Edited by:
Ladson Hinton and Marica Rytovaara

This scholarly paper is a must for every analyst interested in understanding the question of the otherness and separateness of the object, be it real, imaginary, internal or external and in departing from the concept of projective identification. The understanding of this concept is of a particular importance for Jungians, as we have to deal with Jung's legacy. Jung gave a description of ‘projective identification’ as we now know it (Jung 1971, para. 197) and implicitly referred to the notion of participation mystique or identity (Jung 1971, para. 441) to describe the basic property of the unconscious way of functioning between subject and (external or/and internal) object. This paper could be a point of departure for further investigation and elaboration for those who are not clear about the differences and similarities between the Jungian and the Kleinian models. Giovanna Regazzoni Goretti responds to the challenge ‘if the patient was putting his feelings into the analyst' by revisiting the concept of projective identification. She analyses the evolution and meaning of projective identification during the past 60 years. She discusses the following papers; ‘Notes on some schizoid mechanisms’ (Klein 1946), ‘On identification’ (Klein 1955), ‘Analysis ofa schizophrenic state with depersonalization’ (Rosenfeld 1947) and ‘Remarks on the relations of male homosexuality to paranoia and paranoid anxieties’ (Rosenfeld 1949) as legitimizing the different ways in which projective identification is currently used.

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