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Wilson, E., Jr. (1981). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: Countertransferences. Jean Guillaumin. Pp. 455-482.. Psychoanal Q., 50:298.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: Countertransferences. Jean Guillaumin. Pp. 455-482.

(1981). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 50:298

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976: Countertransferences. Jean Guillaumin. Pp. 455-482.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

In Guillaumin's view, countertransference originates in the transference of the patient in the analytic situation. He would include in this not only the transference of the patient, but the former transferences of the analyst to his own analyst as well as to other important individuals in his life. The analyst may, in fact, discharge his own earlier transferences in the analytic setting while maintaining his professional identity by relying on the countertransference of his own analyst. There are countertransferences of filiation, borrowing, and inheritance, which confront us with the narcissism of the analyst through his defensive idealization of his analyst-parent. The seductive aspects of the countertransference bring into play archaic and pregenital aspects of the analyst's personality. Yet only the analyst with a need to be all-powerful and a need to feel always secure against passive moments would attempt to deny these seductive aspects. Finally, the task of the analyst is to manage the countertransference in such a manner as to maintain a tolerance for the fantasies which develop in the transitional space of treatment. This would involve ultimately maintaining at the same time the anaclitic and transitional relationship upon which treatment depends while also maintaining the goal of analyzing the oedipal conflicts of the patient. The analyst, then, is called upon to be at the same time a maternal, nurturing object and an oedipal object in the transference.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1981). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XL, 1976. Psychoanal. Q., 50:298

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