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countertransference: obstruction or evidence
Countertransference has been around as long as psychoanalysis. In fact people have been reacting to those with mental distress for the whole of history. It has only been since about 1950 that this phenomenon has been employed in use to increase the understanding of mental distress.
The use of subjective experience as a form of evidence has tended to meet with scientific suspicion. I shall try to discuss this suspicion and in fact suggest that we can overcome it. Despite its potential distorting effects, if handled carefully, countertransference can yield both clinical and research evidence. I shall draw on a recent publication: R.D. Hinshelwood (2016) Countertransference and Alive Moments: Help or Hindrance (London: Process Press).
About the author
R.D. Hinshelwood is Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and previously Clinical Director, The Cassel Hospital, London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has authored A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought (1989) and other books and articles on Kleinian psychoanalysis. Most recently he edited (2013, with Nuno Torres) Bion’s Sources: The Shaping of his Paradigms. His interest in the History of Psychoanalysis led to founding the Journal Psychoanalysis and History in 1996.
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