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Bornstein, M. (2017). Altruism and the Resolution of the Transference Resistance: Partners in Clinical Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(7):487-494.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(7):487-494

Altruism and the Resolution of the Transference Resistance: Partners in Clinical Psychoanalysis

Melvin Bornstein, M.D.

The article is devoted to the central place of altruism in clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Using an experiential-subjective perspective, I demonstrate how I overcame an inhibition in utilizing altruism in my theoretical and clinical work, which then reduced barriers against working with the experience of vitality, closeness, and creativity for my patients and myself. I then could follow the importance of resolving the transference resistance against consolidating the experience and functioning of the self or person. At this time, altruism has also become a subject of interest in several fields that deal with human and animal behavior such as evolutionary science, social biology, and anthropology. Psychoanalysis, with its special subjective and experimental perspectives, can make valuable contributions in these realms of knowledge and research.

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