overidentify

verb
over·iden·ti·fy | \ˌō-vər-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī, -ə-\
overidentified; overidentifying

Definition of overidentify 

1 transitive + intransitive : to engage in excessive or inappropriate psychological identification a therapist overidentifying with a client The danger of overidentifying with animals, particularly carnivores, is that it leads people to expect human behavior of them.— Dana Goodyear [Russell] Moore worries that conservative Evangelicals have overidentified themselves not just with the particular political salvation tale of the GOP, but with old-school "American family values" as a sign of godliness.— Ed Kilgore

2 transitive : to identify (something or someone) excessively and often incorrectly the brain's tendency to overidentify faces in random shapes

Other Words from overidentify

overidentification \ˌō-vər-ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən, -ə- \ noun
Overidentification with the child client can undermine parents … — Annette Shore … the overidentification of some students of some backgrounds as having particular disabilities. — Nirvi Shah

First Known Use of overidentify

1945 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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