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(1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956: On the Experiences of the Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Situation. Thomas S. Szasz. Pp. 197-223.. Psychoanal Q., 29:133-134.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956: On the Experiences of the Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Situation. Thomas S. Szasz. Pp. 197-223.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:133-134

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956: On the Experiences of the Analyst in the Psychoanalytic Situation. Thomas S. Szasz. Pp. 197-223.

The analyst's legitimate gratifications have been little studied but are important for a complete understanding of the two-person psychoanalytic relationship. Szasz agrees with Sharpe's list, and adds pleasure derived from 1, doing useful work, 2, being needed, 3, mastery of conflicts in human relations, and 4, contact with patients as a protection against loneliness. The total is probably unique and differentiates the analytic situation from other similar two-person situations.

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The resistance to recognition of such gratifications is traced to the infant's belief that the parents exist only for its pleasure, and to the parents' emphasis on giving and not receiving. In adults this attitude is continued by needs for simplified explanations of giving and receiving, and by wishes for self-aggrandizement. A later childhood stage is the belief that the parents are entirely selfish. A third stage would be the achievement of a genuine notion of mutuality. This Szasz relates to views of the analytic situation: of transference with its emphasis on the child's receiving all; of countertransference with its emphasis on the adult's gratification; and the recognition of mutuality.

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(1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956. Psychoanal. Q., 29:133-134

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