The Second Volume of the Collected Papers of Dr. Harold Searles is dedicated to the psychoanalytic subject of Countertransference, i.e., the feelings, phantasies, thoughts and attitudes (both conscious and unconscious) of the analyst toward the patient.
For those who have read Searles before the honesty, courage and frontal attitude will not be surprising, for those who are just beginning to know his work prepare for a complete change in communication style and psychoanalytic thinking.
The insights and ideas presented are nothing but unique and revolutionary - you will be saying plenty of times: «Now it all makes sense» and «How come I never thought this before».
Searles is a master clinician in the work with severely disturbed patients (schizophrenic, manic-depressive, depressed, paranoid, schizoid, borderline and narcissistic), that worked in Chestnut Lodge Hospital and in private practice at Washington, DC (USA). In this mainly clinical book we can learn about his concepts of «Therapeutic Symbiosis» and «The Patient as Therapist to His Analyst», and of course the always present subject of Countertransference. The book is comprised of 24 chapters (plus Introduction, References and Index), in a total of 625 pages of a good edition by International Universities Press.
Personally I would highlight chapter 10 - «Concerning Therapeutic Symbiosis», and 19 - «The Patient as Therapist to His Analyst».
One last recommendation: the available copies are becoming scarce (and more expensive), buy before it ends, you are buying a modern classic.