chapter  3
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Developments by British Kleinian analysts

I believe that nowadays most Kleinian analysts would agree with Klein herself in thinking that although projective identifi cation is important, it is not the most central and distinctively Kleinian concept. Pride of place is reserved for the comprehensive ideas of the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions. Indeed, the term ‘projective identifi cation’ was fi rst defi ned by Klein in her paper ‘Notes on some schizoid mechanisms’ (1946), which is her defi nitive statement of the paranoid-schizoid position.