CHAPTER FIVE

THE EVOLUTION OF PSYCHOANALYTIC TECHNIQUE AFTER FREUD

In the existing literature on countertransference, the interval between Freud’s (1911–1915) Papers on Technique and the resurgence of interest in countertransference in the 1950s tends to be spoken of as a kind of latency period for the development of countertransference theory. Langs (1918), in his encyclopedic collection of papers, Classics in Psychoanalytic Technique, writes that after Freud’s dismissive comments on countertransference, there “was therefore a rather long hiatus, during which little consideration was given to this subject in the psychoanalytic literature” (p. 137). Given the apparent accuracy of this statement—virtually nothing was said about countertransference ...

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