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Volkan, V.D. (2001). Psyche.: LIV, 9/10, 2000: Großgruppenidentität und auserwahltes Trauma.. Psychoanal Q., 70(2):515-516.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psyche.: LIV, 9/10, 2000: Großgruppenidentität und auserwahltes Trauma.

(2001). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 70(2):515-516

Psyche.: LIV, 9/10, 2000: Großgruppenidentität und auserwahltes Trauma.

Vamik D. Volkan

Proceeding from the identity concept, the author attempts to establish the unconscious oedipal connections between individual core identity and large-group identity in Large-Group Identity and Chosen Trauma. Taking

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his bearings from Erikson, Volkan conceives of a large-group identity as the subjective experience of many persons linked by a feeling of their own uniqueness. Mental representations of shared historical events—categorized as “suitable reservoirs,” “chosen glories,” “chosen traumas,” transgenerational transmissions, and “time collapse”—form the markers for large-group identity. The author exemplifies his ideas with reference to the collective mental representation of “chosen glories” and “chosen trauma.”

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Article Citation

Volkan, V.D. (2001). Psyche.: LIV, 9/10, 2000. Psychoanal. Q., 70(2):515-516

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