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Sopher, R. (2016). Holding Envy: Response to Gerhardt’s “Libidinal and Destructive Envy”. Psychoanal. Perspect., 13(1):32-40.

(2016). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13(1):32-40

Holding Envy: Response to Gerhardt’s “Libidinal and Destructive Envy”

Rachel Sopher, LCSW

Envy occupies a special place in analytic lore, and this discussion takes up several themes related to this phenomenon. I review and comment on the competing evolutionary and intersubjective developmental theories Julie Gerhardt puts forth in her paper, offering one possible integration. In addition, I explore the impact of envy on the analytic field, and specifically the vulnerabilities and strains the analyst may encounter in holding and managing envy in herself and in the patient; and advocate attention to self-care and maintenance of analytic authority in the face of intense envious dynamics in treatments.

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