Identification in couple and family therapy

Davide Margola*

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in libroVoce in dizionario / enciclopedia


The term “identification” is etymologically linked to identity and by theoretical extension to projective identification. It indicates the process of assimilating the outside world, allowing one to shape his or her personality on the basis of others’ experiences. Identification is herein examined by following a specific evolutionary line (i.e., from within-couple to offspring-parent identification), then interpreted within the context of couple and family therapy. What is shown is the developmentally most advanced direction taken, that is – paradoxically – its counterpart (i.e., separation-differentiation), otherwise the risk of a collusive identification (i.e., adhesive, massive, or intrusive identification) may occur.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteEncyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy
Numero di pagine3
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Assimilation
  • Mirroring


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