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Silverman, L. (1987). The Analyst's Stance: Transferential Implications of Technical Orientation. Ann. Psychoanal., 15:150-156.

(1987). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 15:150-156

The Analyst's Stance: Transferential Implications of Technical Orientation

Lloyd Silverman, M.D.


Lloyd Silverman

Margaret Black has written a most interesting, rich, and timely paper, the thesis of which, I believe, has considerable utility for psychoanalytic therapists. The thesis can be stated in both a general and specific form. The general thesis, if spelled out somewhat more extensively than it was in her paper, would consist of the following three elements: First, the particular stance that an analyst adopts with a patient has “transferential implications”—that is, it is likely to have a particular unconscious meaning for the patient related to early experiences with significant figures.

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