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Power projective identification

In power projective identification, there is the desire of being dominant and to control others by making the “other” feel insufficient. Messages are like this: “do exactly what I say!”, “obey me!” and “you cannot live without me!” are transferred to “the other” as covert communication. There is the belief that the “other” cannot do anything unless he/she behaves like the projector. Sexual discrimination may serve to supporting this projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach .... We encounter power projective identification in corporations as the dominant relationship type. The parents of individuals that use this projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach ..., make the child feel that the parent cannot even give care, and actually it is the parent that needs to be cared for. Such cases are usually encountered in parents who are physically or mentally handicapped, or who have chronic or malign diseases, or who are alcoholic. Children who have such parents see themselves as unwanted children and they are continuously in fear of being abandoned. A precocious type of child is encountered frequently with such parents. A child’s personality is obliged to transform into an adult image. This projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach ... can be obtained imaginatively. The infant who is afraid of being abandoned by his mother thinks, in his imagination, that he controls its mother’s behaviors and with the help of dreams he/she lives as though he/she controls his mother. This, in turn, similarly leads to comprehension of projective identificationProjective identification is considered in three distinct ways within the "Object Relations" approach .... Dependence projective identificationThe aim of dependence projective identification is to force "the other" to help ... is frequent in females, while power projective identification is frequent in males (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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