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Victims' Symptom : glossary:dependence-projective-identification
 
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Dependence projective identification

The aim of dependence projective identification is to force “the other” to help. Such persons usually look for someone else to offer help and support for themselves, even in situations that they have to decide themselves. Despite the innocent appearance of these calls for help, the underlying message on the covert communicative level is, “I cannot live without you”. Such persons use expressions like, “what do you think?”, “what should I do?”, “can you help me?”, and “I do not think that I can do it alone”. Actually, most of the time they have the power to overcome all these problems and most of them are clever persons. If these people cannot find “the other” to receive their projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach ... or their wishes to satisfy, their dependence needs are denied by the others and as their anxiety increases crying attacks, hysterical crises, severe depressions, and even suicidal tendencies may be encountered. Regarding this aspect, the underlying mechanism in many cases of depression, agoraphobia, and conversion disorder is projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach .... There is a strengthening of the dependence of a child for the mother in the covert communication of mothers who uses projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach ... containing the message of, “the more you obey your mother’s orders, the more your mother loves you”. Thus, the determinative appearance in the mother- father-child relationship inhibits the initiative of the child by unnecessary advice and guidance (Cashdan, 1988; Göka, Yüksel & Göral, 2006).

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References:

  • Cashdan S. Object Relations Therapy. New York. WWNorton & Company, 1988:53-78.

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