By Robert Oelsner
Why has Heinrich Racker’s unique paintings on transference and countertransference confirmed so valuable?
With a passionate situation for the sphere created via the assembly of analyst and sufferer, and an abiding curiosity within the primary significance of transference and countertransference in analytic perform, Robert Oelsner has introduced jointly the idea and paintings of seventeen eminent analysts from Europe, the USA, and Latin America.
In new essays commissioned for this quantity, the writers have put aside the traces which can frequently divide psychoanalytic teams and faculties to be able to research extensive the range of ways and responses that signify the simplest analytic perform at the present time. the result's a suite of unpolluted, modern fabric concentrated at the interrelated topics – transference and countertransference – that make up the center of psychoanalytic paintings. either within the readability in their language and in relocating scientific examples the writers demonstrate, in distinctively own methods, how Heinrich Racker’s unique suggestion, which introduced the analyst’s subconscious responses into the equation, has allowed them to conform their very own views. but it really is rather fascinating to discover unforeseen parallels one of the chapters that time towards a shared imaginative and prescient. truly, no matter if in paintings with adults or youngsters, transference and countertransference at the moment are obvious as encompassing a box that embraces either individuals within the consulting room.
Making Transference and Countertransference Today nonetheless extra beneficial as a source for academics and scholars are numerous significant contributions through authors whose paintings isn't differently available in English. Psychoanalysts and others will locate few different books that current any such considerate photo of those an important and engaging analytic topics.
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The analyst’s personal equation, must be taken carefully into account. These affirmations are illustrated by a series of examples. 27 Heinrich Racker Notes The paper in this chapter was first presented at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association in 1951. Where the text of Racker’s original publication of this paper included words or phrases in italics, they are shown in italics here. Most works shown in Racker’s original footnotes now appear in endnotes, and have been edited in the style of this book.
And (2), the analyst’s feeling of annoyance (aggression) as a reaction to his own anxiety pointed out to him the aggression of Bertha’s superego against her “bad” ego; that is, it showed him Bertha’s feelings of guilt about her manic behavior. This example shows, above all, that the content of the countertransference reaction can teach us about the content of the transference situation. In addition, the countertransference situation can enlighten us on another important technical issue: what should be interpreted from all the material provided by the analysand.
In this sense, we could claim, although it may only be partly accurate, that whenever the analyst is angry, the analysand has a feeling of guilt about his transference aggressiveness. To put this in the terms of the present paper: whenever the analyst experiences anger, the analysand is defending himself from the basic paranoid situation, which is being transferred in a latent fashion by means of the identification with the “bad object” (that is, the frustrating object). 5 (Racker, 1950, p. 37) Before I make my observations – in a series of examples that illustrate my thesis – I would like to emphasize that I am merely trying to point out that countertransference, which is frequently experienced as a hindrance to [our] work, and is associated with feelings of guilt, could also be used to advance the analytic treatment.
Transference and Countertransference Today by Robert Oelsner