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De La Vega, G. (1960). Revista De Psicoanalisis. XVI, 1959: Transference and Countertransference and Their Specific Relationships. Heinrich Racker. Pp. 1-14.. Psychoanal Q., 29:146.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revista De Psicoanalisis. XVI, 1959: Transference and Countertransference and Their Specific Relationships. Heinrich Racker. Pp. 1-14.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:146

Revista De Psicoanalisis. XVI, 1959: Transference and Countertransference and Their Specific Relationships. Heinrich Racker. Pp. 1-14.

Gabriel De La Vega

Racker discusses some important countertransference situations. Countertransference feelings may disturb analysis but may also be used to clarify la névrose à deux and may, therefore, be useful for understanding the transference and countertransference neuroses. The author has studied the vicissitudes of certain specific countertransference feelings such as anxiety, hostility, and feelings of guilt in the analyst. Anxiety results chiefly from depression, masochistic defenses, and increased hostility in the patient. Hostility in the analyst appears as a result of some frustration by the patient, which is felt as if it were abandonment or a hostile act by the patient. The feelings of guilt result from neurotic, especially sadomasochistic, tendencies in the analyst. If they result from transference feelings, the patient usually has adopted a submissive attitude or has become depressed, or is failing to improve. The author deals extensively with these aspects of countertransference, and also discusses boredom, sleepiness, and submission on the part of the analyst. He finally discusses whether or not countertransference feelings or thoughts should be 'communicated', and the 'objectivity' of the countertransference.

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De La Vega, G. (1960). Revista De Psicoanalisis. XVI, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:146

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