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Lidz, T. Masterson, J. Spotnitz, H. Volkan, V. Borowitz, E. Calmas, W.E. (1977-78). Emotional Communication and Countertransference in the Narcissistic and Borderline Disorders: A Symposium. Mod. Psychoanal., 2(2):149-179.

(1977-78). Modern Psychoanalysis, 2(2):149-179

Emotional Communication and Countertransference in the Narcissistic and Borderline Disorders: A Symposium

Theodore Lidz, James Masterson, Hyman Spotnitz, Vamik Volkan

Edited by:
Estelle Borowitz and Wilfred E. Calmas

Moderated by:
Phyllis Meadow

In May 1977, Drs. Theodore Lidz, James F. Masterson, Hyman Spotnitz and Vamik D. Volkan participated in a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Phyllis W. Meadow, on emotional communication and countertransference in the narcissistic and borderline disorders. The symposium was sponsored by the Boston Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. Below is a summary report on the papers presented with questions raised and answered in the discussion following each paper.

Spotnitz talked about the use of emotional communication as a tool to resolve negative narcissistic transference resistance. Volkan described a type of fantasy peculiar to patients with a narcissistic personality organization. Lidz emphasized the crucial role of ongoing family transactions beyond the first two years in aggravating problems of self-object differentiation.

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