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Bizzi, I.Z. (2018). On the Analyst’s Personal Equation. IJP Open, 5:3.

(2018). IJP Open, 5:3

On the Analyst’s Personal Equation

Idete Zimmerman Bizzi

The personal characteristics of the psychoanalyst are a powerful, silent and disquieting constitutive part of countertransference that account for the deep variability of psychoanalytic method. A historical revision of Freud and Ferenczi’s schism reveals how difficult it was for them to deal with a more affective, regressive and interactional psychoanalysis at that time. Contemporarily, even though psychoanalysts greatly value intersubjective dynamics, there is still considerable resistance to talk about the leading influence the analyst’s own characteristics and biases may have over any treatment. In this paper, the classical conceptualization of countertransference is reviewed, and a new terminology is proposed, namely the creative, the vicious and the alien countertransferences, accounting for different degrees on the health of the analytic encounter. The intensity and the ways in which the core unconscious characteristics of the analyst affect the treatment may be assessed through conscious reflexion on the matter, and especially through indirect signs observed over a period of time. New conceptual tools on this subject, as suggested here, should aid on the highly difficult task that challenges all psychoanalysts: to offer oneself and one’s mind up to intimately interact with the patient and to let him authentically be.

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