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Laine, A. (2007). On the Edge: The Psychoanalyst's Transference. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 88(5):1171-1183.

(2007). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 88(5):1171-1183

On the Edge: The Psychoanalyst's Transference

Aira Laine

Countertransference is a central topic in analytic work and in the literature. The concept of countertransference includes a basic question which has been understood in different ways. The author attempts to differentiate between the psychoanalyst's transference and his countertransference in the analytic process. It is hard to draw a line between them; analysts are always on the edge. The analyst's transference will be explored and described using three approaches: narcissism, regression profile and the analyst's phase of life. Regression profile is a new concept developed by the author, which may help us to understand the core of the analyst's transference in the analytic situation. She illustrates the topic by clinical vignettes.

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