chapter  8
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The Inner World of the Therapist of the Elderly

The transference reactions of therapists have not been sufficiently examined throughout the course of a psychotherapy so as to be able to delineate these reactions as we can for a patient going through transference. In whatever way therapists become aware of their transference reactions in a particular case, those reactions that reflect their unfulfilled longings and/or sensitivities and fears are important to trace to their roots in the therapist's inner world. To repeat, each unobserved-and, therefore, undiagnosed-transference reaction affects the empathic work and the entire therapy from diagnosis to termination.