ANACLITIC IDENTIFICATION

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, the initial stage of the identification procedure, that is grounded in the youth's original dependency on the mother, father, etc. entirely for rudimentary biological and emotional necessities. The youth attains their mother's personality traits in such a process, thereby developing into their very own supplier of strength and reassurance. They also fuse the mother, father, etc. into their superego. A less significant variant of this process is demonstrated with other important people in the youth's life, such as mentors or coaches.

ANACLITIC IDENTIFICATION: "All infants go through a period of anaclitic identification wherein they are reliant upon their mother or other caregiver to fulfill and satisfy all of their innate and emotional needs."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANACLITIC IDENTIFICATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anaclitic-identification/ (accessed December 10, 2019).
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