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Young, R.M. (1995). The vicissitudes of transference and countertransference: the work of Harold Searles. Free Associations, 5(2):171-195.

(1995). Free Associations, 5(2):171-195


The vicissitudes of transference and countertransference: the work of Harold Searles

Robert M. Young

“Why Harold Searles?” you ask. Some of you may have come because you have an answer of your own and are curious about mine. I dare say, however, that by far the larger number came because of the phrase “the vicissitudes of transference and countertransference” and hoped that Searles or I might have something to say that sheds light on this flavor on the month. I hope you won't be disappointed.

When I say “flavor of the month,” I mean that countertransference is everywhere these days. One begins with the two classic texts: Heinrich Racker's Transference and Countertransference (1968) and Searles'.Countertransference and Related Subjects (1979).

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