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The Possible Profession:The Analytic Process of Change by Theodore J. Jacobs

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On Misreading and Misleading Patients

Some Reflections on Communications, Miscommunications and Countertransference Enactments

In contrast to the earlier conceptualization of countertransference as an obstacle to analytic work (Reich, 1951), contemporary views of countertransference (Ehrenberg, 1997; Levine, 1997; McLaughlin, 1981, 1987; Renik, 1993; Schwaber, 1992; Smith, 1999) emphasize its central role as a pathway to the unconscious of both patient and analyst.

While this perspective has been invaluable both in correcting the onesided and limited view of countertransference that prevailed for many years and in underscoring the importance of the analyst’s subjectivity as a means of understanding the patient, the current focus on this aspect ...

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