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In analytical psychology, a term introduced in 1912 by Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) to denote a form of projective identification in which a person gains influence over another. Jung borrowed the term from the French anthropologist Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857–1939) who used it to denote a phenomenon whereby people identify themselves with a physical object such as a holy artefact or a totem. [French: literally mystical involvement]

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