|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy|
|Numero di pagine||3|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2017|
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.