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Mészáros, J. (2004). Psychoanalysis is a Two-Way Street. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 13(1/2):105-113.

(2004). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 13(1/2):105-113

Psychoanalysis is a Two-Way Street

Judit Mészáros, Ph.D.

The paper discusses psychoanalysis as a mutual exchange between the analyst and analysand. A number of questions are raised: What was Ferenczi's and the early psychoanalysts' contribution to the interpersonal relational dynamics of psychoanalytic treatment? Why did countertransference become an indispensable tool in relationship-based psychoanalysis? Why is the transference-countertransference dynamic seen as a special dialogue between the analyst and analysand? What was Ferenczi's paradigm shift in the trauma theory? How did he combine the object relation approach with Freud's original trauma theory? The paper illustrates through some case study vignettes the intersubjective and intrapsychic dynamic in the process of traumatization. We can look at countertransference as an indicator of the patient's basic interpersonal experiences and traumas. Finally the paper discusses countertransference in the light of attachment theory, connecting the early initiatives of inter-relational approaches in psychoanalysis with recent research.

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