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Sherman, E. (2002). Homoerotic Countertransference: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name?. Psychoanal. Dial., 12(4):649-666.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(4):649-666

Homoerotic Countertransference: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name? Related Papers

Eric Sherman, C.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Despite the recent interest in erotic countertransference and self-disclosure, little has been written about these phenomena when both analyst and patient are the same gender. Since homoerotic feelings can surface in any treatment, regardless of the participants' sexual orientation, this may well be a phobic avoidance that restricts many treatments, as well as our profession. I propose that the analyst's awareness of homoerotic feelings in the countertransference—including struggling with ways to express them—ultimately can create an atmosphere of safety. I offer an extended case example of one man with whom I colluded to ignore frightening aspects of his sexual fantasies. It was only by using my erotic countertransference, especially at a charged and pivotal moment, that I was able to help the patient begin to integrate split-off aspects of his sexuality.

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