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Balaşa, M. Dumitrescu, A. (2012). Commentary on: «The Regressive Potential of Countertransference» Acrobatics with or without a Net. Rom. J. Psychoanal., 5(2):205-208.

(2012). Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 5(2):205-208

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Commentary on: «The Regressive Potential of Countertransference» Acrobatics with or without a Net Related Papers

Monica Balaşa and Alfred Dumitrescu

The paper written by Monica Balaşa brought to my mind the image of the obstacles course of a riding event, a contest in which horse and rider try to get over the obstacles faultlessly and as quickly as possible. I think this impression is due to the large number of ‘gates’ left half-open by this paper which, by lack of enough space, invites us to explore those barely touched issues at leisure, individually or in small groups, once this Conference will be over.

As for myself, I have chosen to open the last of these gates and I submit to your attention a few considerations related to the very last lines of this paper:

“The analyst has to know how to knit safety nets. Safety nets able to catch the patient who falls into the void and to hold on himself in those dramatic and exhilarating analytic situations when the analyst follows his patient into the void.”

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