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[ahy-den-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, ih-den-] /aɪˌdɛn tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ɪˌdɛn-/
an act or instance of identifying; the state of being identified.
something that identifies a person, animal, or thing:
He carries identification with him at all times.
Sociology. acceptance as one’s own of the values and interests of a social group.

a process by which one ascribes to oneself the qualities or characteristics of another person.
(in psychoanalytic theory) the transference or reaction to one person with the feelings or responses relevant to another, as the identification of a teacher with a parent.
perception of another as an extension of oneself.

the act of identifying or the state of being identified

something that identifies a person or thing
(as modifier): an identification card


the process of recognizing specific objects as the result of remembering
the process by which one incorporates aspects of another person’s personality See also empathy
the transferring of a response from one situation to another because the two bear similar features See also generalization (sense 3)

identification i·den·ti·fi·ca·tion (ī-děn’tə-fĭ-kā’shən)

A person’s association with the qualities, characteristics, or views of another person or group.

An unconscious process by which a person transfers the response appropriate to a particular person or group to a different person or group.


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