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Gender, Countertransference and the Erotic Transference
Perspectives from Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalysis

Edited By

Joy Schaverien

ISBN 9781583917640
Published December 13, 2006 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

How do gender and sexual difference influence the erotic transference?

Gender, Countertransference and the Erotic Transference offers new insights into working with complex transference and countertransference phenomena. Including views from a wide spectrum of theoretical backgrounds, it makes a unique contribution to discourse on the themes of gender, sexuality and the erotic transference.

The contributors are highly experienced clinicians with international reputations as theorists in the fields of analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Illustrated with closely observed clinical examples and detailed theoretical discussion, innovations in technique are introduced on themes including developmental mourning, female perversion, the meaning and purpose of the erotic transference, the dying patient, lesbian homoerotic transference and supervision of the erotic transference. Countertransference is vividly explored in chapters on sexual difference, the therapist’s body and the challenging topic of perversion in the analyst. The book is divided into four sections:

  • gender and the erotic transference
  • the erotic transference and the symbolic function
  • women working with women
  • historical perspectives on women working with men.

Gender, Countertransference and the Erotic Transference extends existing theory, highlighting the symbolic nature of the transference/countertransference dynamic. It will be compelling reading for experienced clinicians, students and trainees in the fields of psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as counselling, the arts therapies and social work.

Table of Contents

Schaverien, Introduction. Part I: Gender and the Erotic Transference. Schaverien, Men Who Leave Too Soon: Reflections on the Erotic Transference and Countertransference. Schaverien, Individuation at the End of Life: A Study of Erotic Transference and Countertransference. Schaverien, Supervising the Erotic Transference and Countertransference. Part II: Erotic Transferences and the Symbolic Function. Springer, Paying Homage to the Power of Love: Exceeding the Bounds of Professional Practice. Covington, Purposive Aspects of the Erotic Transference. Kavaler-Adler, Mourning and Erotic Transference. Ellis, Who Speaks? Who Listens? Different Voices and Different Sexualities. Part III: Women Working with Women. Williams, Women in Search of Women: Clinical Issues that Underlie a Woman's Search for a Female Therapist. Kavaler-Adler, Lesbian Homoerotic Transference in Dialectic with Developmental Mourning: On the Way to Symbolism from the Protosymbolic. Springer, Female Perversion: Scenes and Strategies in Analysis and Culture. Orbach, What Can We Learn From the Therapist's Body? Part IV: Historical Perspectives on Women Working with Men. Guttman, Sexual Issues in the Transference and Countertransference Between Female Therapist and Male Patient. Kulish, Gender and Transference: The Screen of the Phallic Mother. Karme, The Analysis of a Male Patient by a Female Analyst: The Problem of the Negative Oedipal Transference. Goldberger, Holmes, On Transference Manifestations in Male Patients with Female Analysts.

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Joy Schaverien is a Professional member of the Society of Analytical Psychology in London, a Training Analyst and Supervisor of the British Association of Psychotherapists, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.