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Perlman, S.D. (2009). I Do this for Your Own Good: A Story of Shrieking, Disaster and Recovery. Am. J. Psychoanal., 69(4):330-347.

(2009). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 69(4):330-347

I Do this for Your Own Good: A Story of Shrieking, Disaster and Recovery

Stuart D. Perlman, Ph.D.

This paper describes the psychotherapy of a patient whose treatment had an effect of overtaxing the emotional capability of the therapist to bear the work. The patient experienced efforts to contain her violent reactions as an annihilation and repetition of the most injurious actions of her caregivers in her childhood. The therapist provided special responses, inspired by the work of Sándor Ferenczi, which were found to help the patient discriminate between her parents and the therapist and begin a healing process.

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