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Weisel-Barth, J. (2008). Analyst Envy in Working with an Artist: Four Scenes. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(6):735-757.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(6):735-757

Analyst Envy in Working with an Artist: Four Scenes Related Papers

Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D.

The paper describes a rich analytic relationship with an artist patient in which countertransference feelings of envy surfaced. The analyst's examination of her envy led to a review and reassessment of the concept of envy in psychoanalysis. I propose here that envy is a complex affect that moves on a continuum from a fairly benign combination of admiration and desire to more malignant emotional states, described by Melanie Klein and her followers. Malignant envy may lead to anger, fury, and murderous rage. A more benign form of envy, which emerged for the analyst in the treatment, resulted in psychic support for and validation of the patient as well as a shift in personal identifications and new motivational directions for the analyst.

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