Countertransference in Perspective: The Double-Edged Sword of the Patient-Therapist Emotional Relationship

Author(s) : Dov R. Aleksandrowicz

Countertransference in Perspective: The Double-Edged Sword of the Patient-Therapist Emotional Relationship

Book Details

  • Publisher : Sussex Academic Press
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 39458
  • ISBN 13 : 9781845197919
  • ISBN 10 : 1845197917

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In psychoanalysis the term "countertransference", coined by Freud, describes the complex emotional relation between therapist and patient. The term is nowadays used in a broad sense, referring to the entire range of emotions experienced by the therapist/analyst covering many types of therapeutic process. Today's mental-health practitioners are called upon to deal with a wide variety of challenges, some of them highly emotionally-charged, such as child abuse, gender identity or catastrophic loss. This book comprises three main parts: Part I - The History of Countertransference; Part II - The Clinical Challenge and Part III - The Biological Roots of Countertransference.

After essays in Part I introducing the subject and the history of the concept, as reflected in the classic literature (Kernberg, Heimann, Searles, Balint and Main), Part II presents a range of clinical challenges, analysed by contributor colleagues with extensive experience in these and similar issues. It also addresses Holocaust survivor issues, and child survivor experiences of the Nazi euthanasia programme. The study of countertransference, like other psychoanalytic issues, has recently become enriched by the striking advances in the study of the living brain and of animal behaviour (the published works of Panksepp, Hoffer). Part III engages with recent findings regarding the biological roots that have implications for the understanding of countertransference. A Summary to the volume presents the overall conclusions to the findings presented in the three parts.

The book is intended for mental health and other human service practitioners, such as physicians, educators, jurists and human resource managers.

About the Author(s)

Dov R. Aleksandrowicz, MD, was the President of the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society, and is a Training and Supervising analyst at the Israel Institute. He is also a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is a recipient of the Gustav Bychowski Prize in Psychoanalysis. He is a founding member of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society, and a co-founder of the Israeli Forum of Neuro-Psychoanalysis. He is the author of numerous professional publications, in five languages.

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