overidentify

verb, transitive + intransitive over·iden·ti·fy \ ˌō-vər-ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī , -ə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overidentify

overidentified; overidentifying
1 T/I :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 T :to identify (something or someone) excessively and often incorrectly
  • the brain's tendency to overidentify faces in random shapes

overidentification

play \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


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