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

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13

Countertransference Past and Present

A Review of the Concept

My purpose in this chapter is to review the major trends and developments in the evolution of the concept of countertransference. I will do so from my own perspective; that is, from the viewpoint of one American analyst, trained in a classical institute, who has had a longstanding interest in this issue.

Although I will attempt to describe some of the questions and controversies that have surrounded the idea of countertransference as well as the viewpoints of many of those who have written on the subject, I will make no attempt to be all-inclusive. My effort, rather, will be to present an overview of a concept, long in the shadows, that has emerged as one of the issues most actively ...

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