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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: A Definition of Identification: A Review of the Literature. Robert H. Koff. Pp. 362-370.. Psychoanal Q., 31:576-577.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: A Definition of Identification: A Review of the Literature. Robert H. Koff. Pp. 362-370.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:576-577

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: A Definition of Identification: A Review of the Literature. Robert H. Koff. Pp. 362-370.

The author reviews the literature on the concept of identification and presents a scientific definition of the word: 'a "true" (secondary) identification is a consequence of a "true" object relationship, with a renunciation of that object in the external world'. To distinguish identification from other similar phenomena, it is further described economically as an attempt to conserve libido: structurally,

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as changes in the self to resemble an object; dynamically, to conserve libido by offering one portion of the self as a substitute for an external object.

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Article Citation

(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961. Psychoanal. Q., 31:576-577

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