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

Müller, Monika LU (2017) In Journal of Management Inquiry 26(1). p.3-16
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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identification, social identity theory, psychoanalysis, emotions, narcissistic attachment, ambivalence
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Journal of Management Inquiry
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26
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14 pages
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1056-4926
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10.1177/1056492616646453
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  author       = {Müller, Monika},
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  keyword      = {identification,social identity theory,psychoanalysis,emotions,narcissistic attachment,ambivalence},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--16},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Journal of Management Inquiry},
  title        = {Long Lost : The emotional side of identification - Complementing SIT with psychoanalytic insights},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1056492616646453},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2017},
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