PRIMARY IDENTIFICATION

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A theory in Psychoanalysis addressing the initial and fundamental for of identification. The theory is that primary identification occurs during the oral stage of development when a nursing infant is not aware that he and his mother are separate beings. After weaning, this awareness comes into focus. Closely tied to oral incorporation, it is also called primary narcissistic identification.

PRIMARY IDENTIFICATION: "In theory, only infants can experience primary identification."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "PRIMARY IDENTIFICATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primary-identification/ (accessed August 17, 2022).

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