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A case of sadomasochistic transference: the analyst's contributions to perverse enactments.
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PMID:  18942501     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A young woman who came for treatment of anxiety and depression is presented in a detailed case report. She developed an erotized transference that was predominantly sadomasochistic and included her intention to torture and castrate the analyst. The author demonstrates how the analyst's behavior, including countertransference contributions, assisted in shaping the vicissitudes of sadomasochistic transference paradigms. A collusion was established between patient and analyst in a manner that enabled the analytic dyad to work productively toward an eventual resolution of the patient's conflicts. The author discusses the case's complexities pertaining to enactments, while emphasizing the importance of carefully monitoring and addressing countertransference experiences that mold and shape such a collusion.
Richard M Zeitner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Psychoanalytic quarterly     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0033-2828     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoanal Q     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-23     Completed Date:  2009-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226661     Medline TA:  Psychoanal Q     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1147-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Psychoanalytic Interpretation*
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Transference (Psychology)*

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