Projective Identification: The Fate of a Concept

Spillius, E. and O’Shaughessy, E. (eds.) 2011. Routledge

Two major Kleinian analysts explore the development of the concept of projective identification. They describe Klein’s views on it, and consider how the concept has been described, accepted, rejected and modified by analysts from different traditions and places. The authors believe that the widespread interest in this particular concept has occurred in part because it is a universal aspect of human interaction. This book will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who use the ideas of transference and counter-transference, and to academics seeking insight into this key concept.