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.
Format: Asynchronous, distance learning. Non-interactive. Recorded audio with transcript.
CE Content Category: Clinical
Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses.
Conflict of Interest Statement: Dr. Nielson is the author of the book A Roadmap for Couple Therapy: Integrating Systemic, Psychodynamic, and Behavioral Approaches.