Powerful Projective Identification, Inextricably Ours

…how aggression, sexuality, criminality, exploitiveness are often disowned by people of relatively high social status and projected onto, or into, those of lower social status. People of lower social status may disown intelligence and ambition and project these qualities onto those of higher social status, in another version of the hidden injuries of class…West shows how the demonized “other,” the black “underclass,” can be seen as showing us the disowned face of our own selves, the face of the culture in which we are all embedded.

Neil Altman, The Analyst In the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture Through a Psychoanalytic Lens

(such an imperative read for most people, but especially therapists)

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