Unobjectionable negative transference

Author/s Nella Guidi
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/1
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 11-24 File size 66 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2017-001002
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Freud in The Dynamics of Transference (1912) states that negative transference, like positive transference of repressed erotic impulses, has to be seen as a resistance. It is not so for the unobjectionable positive transference, which he insists is the vehicle of treatment. It is argued, instead, that the unobjectionable positive transference must be counterbalanced from the very beginning of analysis by the “unobjectionable negative transference”. The distinction, within the negative transference, between unobjectionable transference of conscious aggressive and assertive feelings (that facilitate the psychoanalytic process) and negative transference as resistance may help to induce the patient to better perform psychical work. The concept of unobjectionable negative transference is useful because it helps to distinguish aggressiveness or assertiveness in the transference from the potential destructiveness of the remaining part of negative transference. The use of only unobjectionable positive transference, excluding unobjectionable negative transference, is not consistent with the elaboration, beginning with Freud himself, of the vicissitudes of aggression, structural theory, and object relations. (This article by Nella Guidi first appeared in English in The Annual of Psychoanalysis, 1993, 21: 107-121, and in Italian in Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane, 1994, 28, 4: 37-51)

Keywords: Negative transference; Positive transference; Psychoanalytic process; Analysis of transference; Merton M. Gill

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Nella Guidi, Il transfert negativo irreprensibile in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2017, pp 11-24, DOI: 10.3280/PU2017-001002