Projective Identification in Psychodynamic Transactional Analysis


Aim of this article is to examine the defence inner-working of projective identification in a Transactional Analytic accent. The author analyzes the relation between transference and countertransference phenomena and those typical of projection and introjection in projective identification. This defensive process is developed through functional and structural diagnosis as the exploration of such a mechanism refers both to structural elements implying patients and therapists script as well as to defensive behavioral patterns known as “games”.