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Ferro, A. Basile, R. (2004). The Psychoanalyst as Individual: Self-Analysis and Gradients of Functioning. Psychoanal Q., 73(3):659-682.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 73(3):659-682

The Psychoanalyst as Individual: Self-Analysis and Gradients of Functioning

Antonino Ferro, M.D. and Roberto Basile, M.D.

The authors discuss the position of the analyst as an individual and the idea that his mental functioning can be seen as a meaningful element of the analytic field. The first part of the article shows the importance of the analyst's self-analysis, with particular attention to periods when the analyst is facing a difficult time, self-analysis in supervision, and the exploration of transgenerational influences. The authors go on to discuss the many gradients of the analyst's mental functioning, and these are mirrored in the patient's text, an indication of attunement.

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