chapter  6
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Countertransference in an Intersubjective Perspective: An Experiment

T h e stimulus for me to undertake this experiment arose from my special interest in the approaches to psychoanalytic therapy of Schwaber (1981a, b, 1983a, b, c, 1986, 1987) and an interest in the proponents of intersubjectivity, Stolorow, Brandchaft, and Atwood (Atwood and Stolorow, 1984; Stolorow, Brandchaft, and Atwood, 1987). It seemed to me that these approaches to psychoanalytic therapy were very promising, especially in the treatment of difficult patients, but that sufficient attention has not been given to the special countertransference problems associated with these approaches. There is a dearth of examples illustrating the countertransference experiences of the therapist. Consequently, I decided I would undertake a research project composed of an examination of the data of my countertransference experiences with my patients over a four-month period.