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Grand, S. (2011). Celebrations of Courage: A Discussion of “Countertransference and the Heart of the Heroic,” by Gladys Foxe, PHD. Psychoanal. Perspect., 8(1):46-52.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 8(1):46-52

Celebrations of Courage: A Discussion of “Countertransference and the Heart of the Heroic,” by Gladys Foxe, PHD

Sue Grand, Ph.D.

MOST MORNINGS, I READ THE NEWS AND I DESPAIR. IT SEEMS like the world is being eaten by greed and corruption, by paralysis and resignation. In 2008, our higher selves seemed inspired by Obama. By 2010, U.S. citizens seemed mobilized by fear and hatred, not by compassion. Throughout the world, citizens are still fighting for social justice. Many of us are awed by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. But all too often, the socially conscious feel lonely, and that our efforts are being eviscerated. It was therefore a welcome relief to read Foxe's paper—to encounter another analyst who links social justice to psychoanalysis. It was refreshing to read about a real-life hero who is fighting injustice, and about an analyst who has a frank admiration for her patient's activism. Even as she admires her patient's courage, Foxe is doing something courageous herself: She queries her counter-transference and examines the shared heroic myths that sustain this analytic dyad.

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