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The Therapeutic Relationship: Transference, Countertransference, and the Making of Meaning (Carolyn & Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology) [Hardcover]

Jan Wiener

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15 Nov 2009 Carolyn & Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology (Book 14)
While C. G. Jung had a natural intuitive understanding of the transference and countertransference, his lack of a 'coherent method and clinical technique for working with transference and his ambivalence and mercurial attitude to matters of method', have, in the words of therapist and Jungian scholar Jan Wiener, sometimes left Jungians who are eager to hone their knowledge and skills in this area 'floundering and confused'. Her aim in this important book is to lay the groundwork for the development of a 'more contemporary Jungian approach' to working with transference and countertransference dynamics within the therapeutic relationship. Her work is also informed by knowledge from other fields, such as philosophy, infant development, neuroscience, and the arts. In "The Therapeutic Relationship", Wiener makes a central distinction between working 'in' the transference and working 'with' the transference, advocating a flexible approach that takes account of the different kinds of attachment patients can make to their therapists. She develops her own concept of the transference matrix, a model that honors one of Jung's core beliefs in the development of a symbolic capacity as an essential task of psychotherapy, but at the same time acknowledges that a capacity to symbolize can only emerge through relationship.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press (15 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603441476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603441476
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This deceptively slim volume is a gem and a generous gift to all those, of whatever persuasion, who seek to practice their craft from a psychodynamic perspective. Beyond that, it is written in such an engaging and lively style, with its terminology clearly defined, as to make it accessible to the lay-person who may be contemplating analysis. . . Throughout the book, which is remarkably transformed from the author's 2006 Fay Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology into a text of five chapters which truly speak to the reader, Wiener darts between opposing views of theory and practice, making her own synthesis but inviting us to find our own. . . I hope that this magnum opus will reach the minds and shelves of everyone practicing psychodynamically, and that it will be translated into many languages. It offers the possibility of rapprochement between our fragmented Jungian community and between us and our psychoanalytic brethren, from whom we have learned much. . . All of us should read and peruse this invaluable book, which could provide reading groups with a text to debate for some years. It is rare that I have encountered a text that is so provocative, challenging and lends such a tilt towards reflective practice, so quietly and imaginatively. Please read it." -;/div>--Christopher Perry, Society of Analytical Psychology "The Journal of Analytical Psychology "

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JAN WIENER is a training analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology, an assistant editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and a member of the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. She lives and practices in London, England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily written. Very erudite. 29 July 2011
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This book is for the seasoned reader. It's an excellently written and well organized book on transference and counter-transference as well as its psychological history. It's very erudite and you should first know something about Freud's and Jung's ideas on transference before you tackle this book. The writer, Jan Wiener is brilliant.
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