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Introduction

The three papers in this section were given at a meeting of the European Psychoanalytical Federation at Prague in 2002. They were part of an attempt to achieve greater clarity about the differences and agreements among European analysts on topics of mutual interest. Eike Wolff, the editor of the journal Psychoanalysis in Europe , introduced the topic of projective identifi cation by saying:

In the last fi fteen years, the term ‘projective identifi cation’ has expanded at an infl ationary rate and in some places has thrown concepts such as ‘transference’ and ‘transference neurosis’ into the background. Refl ection on the various uses of the term in different European countries and analytical schools can strengthen the awareness of the advantages and the dangers involved in extensive habitual use of the concept.