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Javier, R.A. Rendon, M. (1995). The Ethnic Unconscious and Its Role in Transference, Resistance, and Countertransference: An Introduction. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(4):513-520.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(4):513-520

Special Section: Ethnicity and Psychoanalysis Rafael Art. Javier, PhD, Guest Editor

The Ethnic Unconscious and Its Role in Transference, Resistance, and Countertransference: An Introduction

Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D. and Mario Rendon, M.D.

A theory of human condition that does not provide an adequate explanatory paradigm to understand the basic human dilemma and the motivational factors affecting our position in the world vis-à-vis ourselves and others is soon rendered ineffective and obsolete. Although a number of psychoanalytic thinkers have already provided a rich foundation in this regard (Erickson, 1963; Freud, 1894; Kohut, 1971; Sullivan, 1953; Winnicott, 1965), the proliferation of violence in our society; international conflicts giving rise to wars within and among nations; the socioeconomic and sociopolitical realities that perpetuate poverty in their citizens; rape, child abuse, family violence and the like; are all in dire need of psychoanalytic attention. This is particularly the case with regard to the complex issues surrounding ethnic tension, a phenomenon that has become more and more prominent at the international and national level.

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