chapter  2
Countertransference issues in treatment of borderline and narcissistic personality disorders
A retrospective on the contributions of Gerald Adler, Peter L. Giovacchini, Harold Searles, and Phyllis W. Meadow
ByJohn Madonna
Pages 25

What follows are the summarized proceedings from a 1990 psychoanalytic conference conducted at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was Freud’s venue for presenting, at the invitation of G. Stanley Hall, his Introductory Lectures. The title of that 1990 conference was On Becoming the Patient: Countertransference Issues in the Treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorders. These proceedings, which I organized and moderated, constituted my first thinking about the primary importance of emotional presence in psychoanalytic work.