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Carpy, D.V. (1989). Tolerating the Countertransference: A Mutative Process. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 70:287-294.

(1989). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 70:287-294

Tolerating the Countertransference: A Mutative Process

Denis V. Carpy


The paper examines the technical problem of how to deal with the patient who evokes powerful feelings in the analyst. It describes how 'tolerating' such countertransference can, by itself, produce psychic change in the patient. This occurs through inevitable partial acting out

by the analyst, and the patient's observation of this. Implications of this interaction in the understanding of the mother-baby relationship are discussed.

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