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Zimmer, R.B. (2016). Commentary on Judith Fingert Chused's “An Analyst's Uncertainty and Fear”. Psychoanal Q., 85(4):867-883.

(2016). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 85(4):867-883

Commentary on Judith Fingert Chused's “An Analyst's Uncertainty and Fear” Related Papers

Richard B. Zimmer

Chused's lovely clinical report is not only a cri de coeur from the trenches by a master clinical analyst. With her honest description of her ongoing countertransference experience and her sensitivity to telling nuance and detail, she provides us with a rare document that allows us to consider the unfolding of the transference-countertransference and intersubjective matrices of the analytic process in all their messiness, complexity, and moment-to-moment unfathomability.

Chused avoids the preprocessed, neatly shrink-wrapped reports of momentary countertransference experiences, seemingly quickly thought through, sanitized of their inevitable infiltration by still-unresolved intrapsychic conflicts of the analyst, and transformed into mutative interpretations—in short, the kind of report that we sometimes see in our literature—and instead allows us to focus on a different but equally important realm of intersubjective experience: the enmeshment of irreducible or only partially reducible aspects of the analyst's and the patient's intrapsychic lives, as well as their fate in the analytic process and in the post-termination self-analytic reflections of both.


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