Since Freud's initial papers on transference and countertransference, these vast and inexhaustible subjects have occupied psychoanalysts. Transference and countertransference, the essence of the patient/analyst relationship, are concepts so central to pschoanalysis that, to our minds, they transcend theoretical orientation and, thus, can be seen as a unifying focus of psychoanalysis. However differently theoretical traditions conceptualize the transference, or disagree as to when and how to interpret it in our everyday analytic work, we all embrace the phenomenon as vital to psychic change.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Prelude -- Why reconstruct? Perspectives on reconstruction within the transference -- Here and now interpretations -- Sexuality and the analytic couple -- From Hades to Oedipus: from psychotic to erotic transference and beyond -- A five-bar gate: love and hate in the structure of the mind -- Terror, impasse, hope: fragmentation as resistance -- Phobic attachments: internal impediments to change -- Two impulses to end an analysis: exploring the trasference and countertransference -- The elusive concept of analytic survival