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Barron, G.C. (2003). Slient Thoughts, Spoken Wishes: When Candidate Experience of the Supervisor Converges with Patient Fantasies. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 51(1):155-175.

(2003). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 51(1):155-175

Slient Thoughts, Spoken Wishes: When Candidate Experience of the Supervisor Converges with Patient Fantasies:

Grace Caroline Barron

How and why a candidate's private experience of two supervisors emerged in patients' fantasies about them is explored. Four issues are examined in light of two control cases: (1) Patients divide, rather than split, the transference between supervisor and candidate, experiencing both ambivalently. (2) Even a patient with no knowledge of the supervisor's identity may have a fantasy of the supervisor that is congruent with the candidate's experience of the supervisor. (3) When new professional traits emerge in the candidate as he or she identifies with his or her mentor, the patient may attribute them to the invisible person in the room—the supervisor; the patient may intuit and be influenced by the candidate's feelings about the supervisor as well. (4) A patient's fantasies about the supervisor may reflect parallel process in reverse, whereby the patient discerns what is going on between supervisor and candidate through his or her treatment, just as the supervisor reads what is going on between patient and candidate through the candidate's reporting of the treatment. Because the trio is the truth of the training case, it seems fitting and empowering to acknowledge and analyze the role of the supervisor in the patient's mind.

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