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It is always useful to review an article’s bibliography and references to get a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic concepts and theoretical framework in it.

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Adler, G. (1989). Transitional Phenomena, Projective Identification, and the Essential Ambiguity of the Psychoanalytic Situation. Psychoanal Q., 58:81-104.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:81-104

Transitional Phenomena, Projective Identification, and the Essential Ambiguity of the Psychoanalytic Situation

Gerald Adler, M.D.

ABSTRACT

Ambiguity, which is an intrinsic and essential aspect of the psychoanalytic situation, is related to the concepts of transitional phenomena and projective identification. The analyst's feelings of uncertainty that accompany this ambiguity are contrasted with a "pathological certainty." The consequences of the loss of ambiguity and the role of the analyst's countertransference in this process are described.

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