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  1. Jane Tucker

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0935

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Tucker, J. 2010. Splitting. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. New York University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Splitting is a psychoanalytic concept that connotes a process of organizing mental contents by separating them into categories in which reality is partly accepted and partly dismissed; the categories are often contradictory. Definitions of splitting have varied, as have opinions regarding the areas and functions of the mind that might be involved in the process. A few essentials are offered here.


  • splitting;
  • dissociation