COASTING IN THE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE - CONFLICTS OF SELF INTEREST BETWEEN ANALYST AND PATIENT

COASTING IN THE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE - CONFLICTS OF SELF INTEREST BETWEEN ANALYST AND PATIENT

Código: 9780881634808

Marca: Routledge


Autor: Irwin Hirsch
Editora: Routledge
Ano: 2008
Nº págs.: 220
Categoria Principal: Livros em Inglês

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Winner of the 2009 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship! Irwin Hirsch, author of Coasting in the Countertransference, asserts that countertransference experience always has the potential to be used productively to benefit patients. However, he also observes that it is not unusual for analysts to coast in their countertransferences, and to not use this experience to help treatment progress toward reaching patients and analysts stated analytic goals. He believes that it is quite common that analysts who have some conscious awareness of a problematic aspect of countertransference participation, or of a mutual enactment, nevertheless do nothing to change that participation and to use their awareness to move the therapy forward. Instead, analysts may prefer to maintain what has developed into perhaps a mutually comfortable equilibrium in the treatment, possibly rationalizing that the patient is not yet ready to deal with any potential disruption that a more active use of countertransference might precipitate. This coasting is emblematic of what Hirsch believes to be an ever present (and rarely addressed) conflict between analysts self-interest and pursuit of comfortable equilibrium, and what may be ideal for patients achievement of analytic aims. The acknowledgment of the power of analysts self-interest further highlights the contemporary view of a truly two-person psychology conception of psychoanalytic praxis. Analysts embrace of their selfish pursuit of comfortable equilibrium reflects both an acknowledgment of the analyst as a flawed other, and a potential willingness to abandon elements of self-interest for the greater good of the therapeutic project.

Acknowledgments IX
Foreword XIII

Coasting in the Countertransference: Analysts Pursuit of Self-Interest 1

The Influence of Situational Factors, in Analysts Lives and Analysts Preferred Relational States, on Analytic Participation 27

Analysts Character Structure and the Wish for Emotional Equilibrium 53

Preferred Patients, Preferred Relational Configurations 81

Psychoanalytic Theory and Its Unexamined Comforts 109

Baldness 133

Money and the Therapeutic Frame 155

Money and the Ongoing Therapeutic Relationship 177

References 201
Index 217



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