chapter  21
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Projective identifi cation and the weight of intersubjectivity

To recount the history of projective identifi cation in Chile I will use the publications that have addressed the concept in my country. There are not many of them but they give a fair picture of its development. After an initially uncritical reception the concept has been challenged on the grounds that it is based in a monadic conception of the mind that diminishes the contribution of the analyst to the interactive nature of the psychoanalytic process. However, the acknowledgment of the analyst’s contribution to projective identifi cation in a dyadic conception of the analytic process may not suffi ce to give a full account of projective identifi cation as an intersubjective phenomenon.