Transference Counter-Transference and Jungian Depth Therapy

explore the nature of both transference and counter-transference from a Jungian depth-psychological perspective. There are basically two types of transferences, one neurotic requiring a casual-reductive approach to therapy and one based on the Self, having to do with the individuation process, which calls for a teleological or prospective approach to therapy. There are several different possible counter-transference responses, including the neurotic or illusory counter-transference, the concordant or syntonic and the complementary counter-transference. The illusory or neurotic counter-transference is based on the therapist’s neurosis and is a detriment to therapy.

The complementary counter-transference is a function of the analysand’s projective identifications and neurotic inducements on the therapist to fulfill a role originally played by another significant individual [self-object] early on in one’s life, for instance the mother, father or sibling. The concordant or syntonic counter-transference is the result of the therapist being directly affected by the same unconscious contents that are activated in the psyche of the analysand. I also discuss the embodied and reflective counter-transference, which seem to be a differentiation of the concordant or syntonic counter-transference.

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