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Badawi, M.K. (2015). The Countertransference: When Painful Traumatic Traces Sustain the Countertransference and Reveal Themselves to the Psychoanalyst … 14 Years Later!. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(6):1477-1489.

(2015). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96(6):1477-1489

The Countertransference: When Painful Traumatic Traces Sustain the Countertransference and Reveal Themselves to the Psychoanalyst … 14 Years Later! Language Translation

Marie-Thérèese Khair Badawi

(Accepted for publication 29 October 2014)

Although she experienced, as did the many psychoanalysts before her, the countertransferential dynamics of disgust towards a patient presenting great deficiency in terms of mentalization capacity, the author strives to understand what urged her to tolerate the patient, to invest in her and lead her to develop a capacity for internalization, after 6 years of analytic work filled with transgressive-transferential acting-out. Fourteen years later, she becomes aware of the way in which the revival of some grief related to traumatic traces in her own lived experience, sustained, without her knowledge, a saviour/countertransference, creating a specific transferential-countertransferential spiral which rescued a situation whose advent could have been compromised. This could happen thanks to what she refers to as the unique inter-relation between her and this particular patient.

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