chapter  FOUR
Anxiety and the therapeutic process
ByCarol A. V. Holmes, Christopher Dare
Pages 26

Anxiety characterises the human state which entails consistent confrontation with possibility and the need for decision with the concomitant burden of responsibility". From a Freudian perspective, anxiety and guilt are triggered by the incest taboo—that is, the child's desire for the mother on the one hand, in contrast to the aggressive and fearful impulses and concerns in relation to the more powerful father. The anxiety that begins to emerge in the depressive position is therefore interrelated as the infant concedes its need of the other person. Anxiety, from a communicative perspective, because of the latter's reciprocal focus, must be considered from the point of view of both members of the therapeutic dyad, as well as in terms of its interpersonal influence. The anxiety-provoking conflicts of human existence are expressed by both the client and the therapist through the limits of the therapeutic interaction.