hostile identification

hostile identification

[′häst·əl ī‚dent·ə·fə′kā·shən]
(psychology)
The assumption by an individual, particularly a child, of socially undesirable characteristics of an older person important to the child so as to gain some special recognition from that person.
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A few years ago, we began to realize that positive hostile identification was more complex than getting a target to answer a question with a proper response.
We need to aggressively develop the required capabilities for positive hostile identification.