appersonation

[ a-pur-suh-ney-shuhn, uh-pur- ]
/ æˌpɜr səˈneɪ ʃən, əˌpɜr- /

noun Psychiatry.

the unconscious assumption of the personality characteristics of another, usually well known, person.

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Also ap·per·son·i·fi·ca·tion [ap-er-son-uh-fi-key-shuhn]. /ˌæp ərˌsɒn ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/.

Origin of appersonation

1930–35; ap-1 + personation, modeled on German Appersonierung
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