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Maher, A. (1988). Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 57:143-144.

(1988). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 57:143-144

Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

Alice Maher


Dr. Jacobs discussed the relationship between the multiple and shifting transferences that occur in every analysis and demonstrated ways in which this might be investigated to provide clues to the process of reconstruction. In his case examples, exploration of the relationship between the various transferences resulted in insight into forgotten pieces of history, as well as into the defenses against remembering and working through of particular traumatic events. Dr. Jacobs cautioned that his focus on aspects of transference that relate to object relationships was meant only to simplify the presentation, as was his discussing sequences as if they represented a smooth progression. He also pointed out that many other factors are involved in the ultimate timing and sequence of the emergence of transferences, so that they do not necessarily reflect a corresponding developmental sequence or exact reliving of past events.

The first example presented was from the analysis of a young woman who, while obviously capable and trustworthy, regarded herself as an impostor and avoided intimate relationships out of fear that her false and disingenuous character would be revealed. Initially, there was little revealed in the way of early family relationships, historical events, unconscious fantasies, or guilt that might have provided an explanation for these feelings (except perhaps for intense masturbatory conflict).

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