This work is an attempt to bring sense to the meaning and use of the countertransference. While it has been well celebrated in the last half-century of analytic practice, the countertransference, persistent intimation of our subjectivity, remains a source of controversy. At the edges of the debate there are both those who would call for its elimination and others who would suggest it is the most fertile ground of analytic activity. In the wide middle the voices are quieter, yet still not unanimous. This clangor of opinion leaves us to ask how the countertransference should best be understood? In what ways does it impede or facilitate the analyst’s activity? Does it serve diagnostic understanding or is it merely the reflection of inappropriate ...

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