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Pfeffer, A.Z. (1993). After the Analysis: Analyst as Both Old and New Object. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:323-337.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:323-337

After the Analysis: Analyst as Both Old and New Object

Arnold Z. Pfeffer, M.D.


In the course of followup study of satisfactorily analyzed former patients, there are observed two sets of phenomena: (1) recurrence of the analytic transference neurosis, and (2) rapid recovery from this transference neurosis. These phenomena are telescoped repetitions of the analysis and reflect the ongoing mental representation of the analyst as a displacement from the objects of the past, organized into the transference neurosis. The spontaneous and rapid recovery from the transference neurosis in followup study repeats the "cure" of the analysis and the new ongoing representation of the analyst as a nonconflicted object. This new image of the analyst is based on both the resolution of the transference neurosis and new displacements from positive experiences with significant figures from the past.

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