Concept of identification

Identification is analyzed with respect to the learning-theory. It is an acquired, cognitive response, varying in strength. The motivation is “a desire for the positive goal states commanded by the model.” The 2 goals motivating identification are mastery of the environment and love. Propinquity to the model and one’s age are variables affecting the strength of the identification. 26 references. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


Kagan, J. (1958). The concept of identification. Psychological Review, 65(5), 296–305.

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