chapter  Five
The countertransference in the work of Ferenczi
ByAndré E. Haynal
Pages 18

The countertransference dimension was not lacking in Freud's perception of therapeutic relations. Nor indeed could it have been, considering that one of his pioneering publications, on Anna O, is based on the account of Breuer, including that of his countertransference and panic. Freud's address to the Budapest Congress in 1918 is an important declaration on analytic practice, which is at the same time regarded as his swan-song on the subject. The Diary characteristically begins with the problem of the analyst's "insensitivity", which, to Ferenczi, is merely an extension of the parental insensitivity discussed in "Confusion of Tongues between Adults and the Child". Ferenczi immediately recognizes that it is not his knowledge but his sensitivity and sincerity that will allow correct working à deux within a couple in which neither partner is superior or inferior. The entire Diary tells of a structure to be erected by two parties, in which the analyst's contribution is the counterpart of the analysand's.