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Lax, R.F. (1969). Some Considerations about Transference and Countertransference Manifestations Evoked by the Analyst's Pregnancy. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 50:363-372.

(1969). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 50:363-372

Some Considerations about Transference and Countertransference Manifestations Evoked by the Analyst's Pregnancy

Ruth F. Lax

Some time ago, when I began to evaluate my experience with patients during my pregnancy, I discovered to my surprise that almost nothing has been written about this topic (Hannett, 1949); (LeBow, 1963). Such silence in the usually rich psychoanalytic literature, which abounds in articles on every possible subject and which deals with the pregnancy reactions of analysands during their analysis, struck me as rather singular. I wondered why women analysts, many of whom must have been pregnant while practising, did not report on their experiences as these related to their pregnancy. Birth, on which so many fantasies, wishes and fears centre, is a universal theme, vibrant in every human being. As such, the pregnancy of the analyst, ipso facto, must constitute a unique experience for the analysand. It is consistent therefore with analytic theory to expect that, for the patient, the analyst's pregnancy has a special significance of a highly-charged stimulus and evokes deep-seated childhood conflicts, fantasies and wishes. The patient whose analyst becomes pregnant while he is embroiled in the transference neurosis has a singular opportunity to re-experience many of his pregenital and oedipal struggles. However, as has been discussed by Freud and many others, since there are variations in transference reactions which depend on differences in the aetiology of the particular neurosis, it is to be expected that there will also be differences in the patient's reactions to the analyst's pregnancy.

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