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Micati, L. (1990). Hate and Destructiveness in Analysis on the Function and use of the Analyst's Hatred. Rivista Psicoanal., 36(1):58-94.

(1990). Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 36(1):58-94

Hate and Destructiveness in Analysis on the Function and use of the Analyst's Hatred Language Translation

Loredana Micati

The hatred whose functions I wish to discuss is experienced by people who are able to accept aggressiveness in their own personality and to fuse it with the libido, so that it becomes a useable asset. As we already know, it is a feeling that always accompanies love and it is an important aspect of the complex cathexis that is effected in object relationship. Hatred presupposes the existence of a recognizable object and implies that differentiation has taken place. The importance of hatred in the maturation of the mother-infant and analyst-patient relationship has been admirably described by Winnicott (1947).

My use of the word “hatred” in this paper is not intended to conjure the wide range of hostility, rage, rejection, boredom and weariness that can assail analysts at work, particularly with psychotic patients.


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