Projective Identification in Couples

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Description

Arthur Nielsen, MD, writes that understanding projective identification “offers a powerful lens through which therapists can examine and treat marital dysfunction and discontent.” Projective Identification is a defense mechanism by which individuals unconsciously recruit others to help them tolerate painful intrapsychic states of mind.  Once therapists grasp the psychodynamics of projective identification,  then, using tact and empathy, they will be able to significantly help couples become more self-reflective and aware of the minds of their partners.

In this interview, Dr Nielsen uses a number of clinical examples to demonstrate this.

Interview Date: 5/2020

This CE program is designated as intermediate.

CE Content Category: Clinical

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses.

 

Syllabus

  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Audio Interview with Arthur Nielsen, MD
  • Text Interview with Arthur Nielsen, MD
  • References
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Author Bio

Subject Matter Expert:

Dr. Nielsen is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and couple therapist, with offices in Chicago.  A Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago.  He is on the Faculty of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  He is the author of numerous articles on psychodynamic couple therapy, and his most recent book is A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches.

Interviewer:

Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. After working for 13 years in child psychiatric settings and 30 years in private practice, she is now founder and president of On Good Authority, and an expert interviewer.

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Page last modified or reviewed by athealth.com on May 22, 2020.

Learning Objectives

Based on the content of this course, I can:

  • Differentiate between positive and negative transference
  • Discuss the meaning of Projective Identification
  • Conceptualize the two steps of Projective Identification and how they play out in couples
  • Recognize how not to rescue couples interlocked in Projective Identification

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