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Davies, J.M. (2001). Erotic Overstimulation and the Co-Construction of Sexual Meanings in Transference-Countertransference Experience. Psychoanal Q., 70(4):757-788.

(2001). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 70(4):757-788

Erotic Overstimulation and the Co-Construction of Sexual Meanings in Transference-Countertransference Experience

Jody Messler Davies, Ph.D.

This paper attempts to explore the ways in which Western child-rearing practices do not provide an early interpersonal experience in which infantile, sexual, or sensual-erotic experience is held, contained, and given meaning within a safe parent—child dyad. It is the author's basic premise that this normative developmental process fosters a dissociation of unformulated aspects of early sexual and sensual-erotic experience, leaving much of the experience ensconced in unsymbolized and therefore relatively inchoate image, sensation, and affect. The impact of such a dissociation on the patient—analyst relationship is explored, specifically at times when sexual or erotic material begins to impact upon transference-countertransference processes. An extended clinical example is provided.

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