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Makman, M. (1990). Adolescent Psychiatry. XV, 1988: Masking the Self: Fictional Identities and the Construction of the Self in Adolescence. John Caughey. Pp. 319-332.. Psychoanal Q., 59:508.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Adolescent Psychiatry. XV, 1988: Masking the Self: Fictional Identities and the Construction of the Self in Adolescence. John Caughey. Pp. 319-332.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:508

Adolescent Psychiatry. XV, 1988: Masking the Self: Fictional Identities and the Construction of the Self in Adolescence. John Caughey. Pp. 319-332.

Marianne Makman

The author draws a vivid analogy between the imaginative identification of novelists with the characters they create and the tendency of adolescents to create inner selves by identifying with fictional characters from novels, plays, films, and, especially, television. Both groups "become" others during intense daydreaming. In adolescence this form of identification can contribute to positive self-image but can also at times contribute to, rather than resolve, confusion over true identity. Many lively, interesting vignettes illustrate the author's thesis.

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Makman, M. (1990). Adolescent Psychiatry. XV, 1988. Psychoanal. Q., 59:508

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