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Lecours, S. Bouchard, M. Normandin, L. (1995). Countertransference as the Therapist's Mental Activity: Experience and Gender Differences Among Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychologists. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(2):259-279.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(2):259-279

Countertransference as the Therapist's Mental Activity: Experience and Gender Differences Among Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychologists

Serge Lecours, MPs, Marc-André Bouchard, Ph.D. and Lina Normandin, Ph.D.

The Countertransference Rating Scale (CRS; Normandin & Bouchard, 1993) was used to compare the spontaneous written reactions—to two clinical vignettes—of beginning (less than 1 year) and experiencéd (10 years or more) psychoanalytically oriented psychologists. The CRS distinguishes three major mental states: objective/rational countertransference is a detached, nonparticipating, observing position; reactive countertransference is an unconscious defensive reaction, in which the therapist is an unaware participant–subject; reflective countertransference is an aware, preconsciousconscious subjectively transparent participating state. Results indicate that beginning therapists were more reflective and that experienced therapists were more reactive. As for gender differences, female therapists were found to be more reflective, and male subjects were more objective/rational.

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