According to the author, the analyst’s personality can become a healthy or harmful factor for the outcome of the therapy. The specific human qualities of the analyst, should place her or him in a position not to be overwhelmed by the emotional currents that run through the analysis room. The latter can infect the analyst’s thinking capability. The analyst can awake to renewed consciousness, in order to avoid a chronic collusion with the patient. However, the border separating unavoidable infection and chronic collusion is both thin and uncertain. This reality suggests two possible outcomes. Following the first path, the error/incident can become a barrier to the analytical process, and may at times interrupt it. Taking the second path, the error/incident becomes an asset to the analytic relationship.
Keywords: Incident; Contagion; Chronic Collusion; Regressive States of Mind; Ethical Commitment; Analyst’s Human Qualities.