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Blum, H.P. (1987). The Role of Identification in the Resolution of Trauma: The Anna Freud Memorial Lecture. Psychoanal Q., 56:609-627.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:609-627

The Role of Identification in the Resolution of Trauma: The Anna Freud Memorial Lecture

Harold P. Blum, M.D.

ABSTRACT

In studies on the consequences of trauma, identifications have too often been overlooked. Trauma is experienced as an assault and can lead to an automatic, unconscious identification with the aggressor. Trauma is associated with a constellation of identifications, including identification with the aggressor, with the victim, with the rescuer, and with the caregiver. Identifications are important for the recovery from and mastery of trauma.

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