chapter  9
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Envy in the Transference: A Specific Selfobject Disruption

This paper was written in an attempt to look at and subsequently understand envy as a response to a particular disruption in the transference. The impetus to write this article originated a few years ago when I was struck by the intensity with which some of my clients were responding to differences or changes (e.g., when I appeared dressed differently from them in some way, or when I acquired new office furniture). These differences or changes triggered unbearable experiences in the clients and lowered self esteem.