Aggression and projective identification in the treatment of victims

D. R. Catherall

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The victim must reestablish trust both in order to do the work of exploring the hidden affects associated with the primary trauma and in order to overcome the secondary trauma which is a breakdown in the victim's relationship with his social world. Another result of victimization is that disowned aggressive aspects of the victim's self have been reinstated and the victim may be unable to tolerate them, consequently employing mechanisms such as projection to rid him or herself of these negative identity fragments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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