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What is “Countertransference”?

What’s interesting about modern psychoanalysis is countertransference. Freud was aware of countertransference. He thought it got in the way of treating patients. Countertransference is the analyst’s feeling for the patient. Of course, now, there’s subjective and objective: Subjective meaning something happened in my past, so I feel a certain way about the way the patient’s […]

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Defense Mechanisms

The person who really spent a lot of time defining defenses was Anna Freud. Of Freud’s children, Anna was the one who also became a psychoanalyst. I think she sacrificed her life for her father. She never got married, never had a family, and she wrote extensively on defenses. In fact, there are orders of […]

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