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Mester, R. (1986). From Envy to Therapeutic Empathy. Brit. J. Psychother., 3(1):20-26.

(1986). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 3(1):20-26

From Envy to Therapeutic Empathy

Roberto Mester

Envy and empathy are both object-related manifestations. The therapist's experience of envy in the course of the therapeutic process is potentially a springboard to the empathic understanding of the patient's immediate psychological state. Fragments of psychotherapies illustrate: (1) the gradual transmutation of the therapist's internalised image of the patient through the progressive understanding of the therapist's own envy; (2) how the resolution of the therapist's envy opens the way to therapeutic empathy.

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