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
: to identify (something or someone) excessively and often incorrectly
- the brain's tendency to overidentify faces in random shapes
Overidentification with the child client can undermine parents …
… the overidentification of some students of some backgrounds as having particular disabilities.