Psychoanalysis

Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting by Glen O. Gabbard

By Glen O. Gabbard

Passionate emotions of affection and hate are stirred in psychotherapy. mockingly, those passions may perhaps both undermine the therapist catastrophically or function the crucible within which profound figuring out is cast.

Transferences and countertransferences of affection and hate take place on a spectrum that incorporates unobjectionable damaging and confident emotions, really benign kinds of love and hate, and extra malignant, intractable types of affection and hate that current ambitious demanding situations to the therapist. every one of those adaptations is explored in several chapters of this ebook. Gender configurations, gender fluidity, adolescent transferences, the hyperlink among love and lust, and passive different types of hating are one of the issues mentioned.

Most of all, the writer, famous psychoanalyst Glen Gabbard, depicts what it really is wish to be within the eye of the typhoon while passions are aroused. He offers a pragmatic but theoretically subtle advisor to the administration of affection and hate as they're skilled by means of either sufferer and therapist.

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I don't trust the love of others. In this brief vignette, we see how the patient's characteristic pattern of object relatedness carries over into the analytic relationship. We also see her characterological incapacity to delink feelings of love from a sexual relationship. She provides some insight into the situation by clarifying that expressions of love were always heard in a context where they did not seem to belong so that she grew to be distrustful of such feelings. With other patients, one may see a predominantly hateful transference that is the patient's characteristic way of loving or attaching to others, as will be explored in Chapters 7 and 8.

In still other cases, the patient's erotized transference may be responded to with a variety of negative feelings, including contempt, hatred, alarm, irritation, or indifference. Regardless of the analyst's internal responses to the patient's love, the activity that is crucial to the process is that the analyst must analyze the transference love. Indeed, if one were to attempt to identify the primary difference between love in the analytic situation and love in all other settings, the key would be the way the analyst deals with the love.

The intensity of rage in reaction to unpleasure, pain, or frustration may vary depending on the temperament of the individual, but it tends to be nonspecific. Hatred, on the other hand, requires an internal object-representation (Gabbard 1991b, Galdston 1987, Pao 1965). To hate is to hold on to an internal object in an unforgiving way. There is no getting beyond the wish for vengeance, the wish to destroy the object. As Galdston noted: "The patient cannot get over it alone because hatred binds him to an object from the past in the grip of an ancient grudge that requires transference for its release" (p.

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