Long Lost: The emotional side of identification - Complementing SIT with psychoanalytic insights

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In this essay, I aim to complement social identity theory (SIT) concepts of identification with insights from psychoanalysis to address three problematic aspects: (a) SIT emphasizes cognition and often neglects emotions, (b) emotions—if mentioned —are primarily positive, and (c) SIT-based concepts can be used to inspire simplified ideas of identification management. I argue that psychoanalytic insights can help us attend to these problematic aspects and help us advance our understanding of identification in organizations: they add an emotional focus on identification that can better explain strong relationships than a cognitive focus alone; they add the full range of emotions (positive to negative), which means that identification can also go along with negative emotions; and they also add a distinction between identification and narcissistic attachments that involve different motivations, dynamics, and predictive potentials. I illustrate these points in an example from Pratt and highlight implications for future research.


Externa organisationer
  • Linnaeus University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykologi (exklusive tillämpad psykologi)


Sidor (från-till)3-16
Antal sidor14
TidskriftJournal of Management Inquiry
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2017 jan
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa

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Monika Müller, 2014, (Unpublished).

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