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Guss Teicholz, J. (2018). The Analyst’s Affect in the Therapeutic Relationship. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 13(1):23-28.

(2018). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 13(1):23-28

The Analyst’s Affect in the Therapeutic Relationship

Judy Guss Teicholz

As analysts, our affect, whether spoken or unspoken, infuses our words and can counter their intended meaning. This means that as analysts we are vulnerable to having unconscious elements of our affective experience enter the therapeutic relationship in ways that can disrupt our analytic functioning. Such vulnerability requires an unwavering commitment on our parts to look to ourselves whenever a roadblock emerges in any treatment relationship. The three papers under discussion here are exemplary in that they highlight this essential process of the analyst’s searching self-awareness, ongoing self-monitoring, and pro-active processing of her affective experience in the therapeutic relationship, taking responsibility for its impact on every treatment.

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