Usage of "Identification"
The word “identification” as it is used in psychological literature is taken to mean the use of an image
, impression, or representation to define our sense of who we are or our sense of reality
. In other words, we take an image, impression, or piece of knowledge
, and we make it into a basic building block of our sense of self
. This is part of the process of the development
of the ego—internalizing impressions, stabilizing them inside the mind
, and using them to define who we are and what the world
is. The way we use the term “identification” in our work
includes this psychodynamic meaning
, which views identification mainly as a historical process. But it also includes present-time activity: the action
of identifying in this very moment. For example, we might be identifying with a particular structure that was formed by our ego in the past
and has remained unconscious
, such as “I am a strong woman” or “I am a stupid kid,” and we identify with it, which means that we believe that it is true—“that is what I am.” We are living out of that identification, moment to moment, even if we are not saying those words to ourselves.