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(1967). Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanal Q., 36:636-637.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:636-637

Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society

October 11, 1966. OVERIDEALIZATION OF THE ANALYST AND OF ANALYSIS: MANIFESTATIONS IN THE TRANSFERENCE AND COUNTERTRANSFERENCE RELATIONSHIPS. Phyllis Greenacre, M.D.

Dr. Greenacre focused on a relatively small but important aspect of transference and countertransference, namely, the overidealization of the analyst and of analysis. Special emphasis was placed on the importance of the second year of life as furnishing the genetic core for later development of idealization which is reproduced in the transference relationship, and on other conditions in the individual's early life and in the transference-countertransference relationship during analysis.

While there has been major emphasis on the importance of the mother in the infant's development, the role of the father in the first two years of life has been neglected.

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