By Danijela Majstorovic, Vladimir Turjacanin

Formative years Ethnic and nationwide identification in Bosnia and Herzegovina is an interdisciplinary attempt to place and describe the contested nature of kingdom and ethnic id between formative years in Bosnia and Herzegovina by way of offering empirical, first-hand facts on identification constitution and the next implications for inter-group kin.

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Identification with the group, that is, identification with the leader, represents a special case of psychoanalytical interpretation of solving conflict with the father through defensive identification. Similarities among the group members, according to Freud, rest in the fact that all group members introject the leader into their own ego. Once the group is formed, the group members develop not only positive but also negative relationships, which need to be reduced. However, a hydraulic principle of energy flow stipulates that negative feelings must be expressed at some point; thus, negative attitudes are found in relationships with those who do not belong to one’s group – as a mechanism of transferring aggression to a suitable target.

The forms of values and beliefs can be as different as individualism, collectivism or family-orientation. 5. Development processes influencing the construction and changes of the ethnic identity in the course of time. According to their view, ethnic identity is not only a multi-dimensional concept, but also a dynamic construct that changes its shape in different contexts and different phases of personal development. Zvonarevi´c (1976) defines the possible psychological factors which contribute to the construction and sustainability of the nationally relevant characteristics of an individual: a) An individual is provided with the possibility of identifying with the nation, that is, with something grand, valuable and eternal, which represents an important support for an alienated and insecure individual.

How did we reach a point where differences between ethnic groups became completely relativized, at least in the social sciences? What triggers the human mind to construct social reality in ethnically relevant terms and how does it become a precondition for a social action? We can argue that people perceive themselves in different ways depending on their place in the continuum of personal and social identifications. Personal identity refers to the sense of how we perceive ourselves as individuals.

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