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Phillips, S.H. (1998). A New Analytic Dyad: Homosexual Analyst, Heterosexual Patient. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46(4):1195-1219.

(1998). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 46(4):1195-1219

A New Analytic Dyad: Homosexual Analyst, Heterosexual Patient

Sidney H. Phillips

The paradoxical thesis is presented that the extraordinary aspect of the analytic experience of a homosexual male analyst and his heterosexual male analysand is that it was ordinary, that the fundamental processes of transference, countertransference, and analysis of defense and resistance were determinative. The unique variations of these processes with this particular patient are explored. The patient entered treatment unaware of the analyst's homosexuality, which he discovered during the analysis. The course of this discovery, its transformations, its defensive uses, its transference meanings, and its fate in the termination are delineated. Through viewing the patient's reactions to the analyst's homosexuality as potential entry points to the transference, the analytic process was enhanced and facilitated.

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