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Holmes, D.E. (1999). Race and Countertransference: Two “Blind Spots” in Psychoanalytic Perception. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 1(4):319-332.

(1999). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 1(4):319-332

Race and Countertransference: Two “Blind Spots” in Psychoanalytic Perception

Dorothy Evans Holmes, Ph.D.

In this paper I propose an approach for the evocative use and resolution of racial and countertransferential manifestations in the treatment situation. When addressed with the interest they warrant, these phenomena can become powerful tools for the advancement of the treatment, rather than “blind spots.” The therapist's own treatment is offered as the most likely means through which the evocative and pernicious effects of race and countertransference can be mastered.

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