Analytic Encounter: Transference and Human Relationship by Mario Jacoby

By Mario Jacoby

Intensity psychotherapy comprises individuals assembly with a purpose to attempt to comprehend what's going within the subconscious of 1 of them. the connection that develops among them includes either transference-countertransference reactions (projection) and real human feeling. What are the mental dynamics in the back of this healing stumble upon? how do they vary from what occurs among humans in any scenario? what's the distinction among relationships according to projection and people characterised via mental separation? And while is love not only projection? This revealing examine, addressed to either layman undefined, deals solutions to those questions from the viewpoint of Jungian psychology. "My concern," writes the writer, "is with the mental subtleties serious about any human come upon, and particularly these within the intimate dating that develops in analysis."

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He feels confidence in A, or he mistrusts him. P may fear especially, but not only, if A and P are of opposite sexes that he or she might fall in love and become completely dependent on A. This prospect arouses anxiety and may be at the same time a wish. Very often P behaves and reacts to A as he does generally to all persons with whom he has a close relationship. All this means that P expresses to A more or less intense emotions which belong in general not to A but to the experiences of P. A has therefore the possibility of entering to a certain extent into the unconscious of P by means of so-called active projection (empathy), 27 feeling his way into the emotional and fantasy life of P.

In mythology the archetype of the healer is depicted in the image of Asclepius and often also of his father, Apollo. Now, Apollo is associated with the muses, with artistic and spiritual creativity, with the oracle; but he is also the shooter of arrows. His arrows can heal, but they can also wound and kill. The overactivity of an analyst when he is caught in the healer archetype reminds me sometimes of the arrows of Apollo. He has to shoot interpretations, suggestions and advice at the patient to fulfil his own need to help and heal.

I felt even an impulse of anger. Yet my inner reaction of disappointment and anger was mellowed by her excuses and her self-devaluation. I thought again of her initial dream, in which the destructive man follows her to the doctor's office. On the one hand, an important process had started in her unconscious, a process to which the meaningful symbolism of the divine child referred (as I saw also in later dreams). On the other hand, it was also evident that she had begun to repeat with me the pattern of rebellion and forgiveness she had experienced with her mother.

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