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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960: The Relationship of Early Ego Identification to Superego Formation. Samuel Ritvo and Albert J. Solnit. Pp. 295-300.. Psychoanal Q., 31:116-117.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960: The Relationship of Early Ego Identification to Superego Formation. Samuel Ritvo and Albert J. Solnit. Pp. 295-300.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:116-117

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960: The Relationship of Early Ego Identification to Superego Formation. Samuel Ritvo and Albert J. Solnit. Pp. 295-300.

The process of internalization is a continuum from perception to imitation, and then to taking over a characteristic of an object in an ego identification. The

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more developed the process of internalization, the more intimately blended is that characteristic as part of the ego. Early identifications leave their imprint in later superego formation. They form around the limitations and restrictions of behavior developed in the interaction between mother and child. Internalization is more apt to occur if the mother image is experienced as good; projection, if it is felt as bad. The way in which the superego facilitates or interferes with the ego's adaptation and formation of the ego ideal is discussed.

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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960. Psychoanal. Q., 31:116-117

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