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The Therapeutic Relationship: Transference, Countertransference, and the Making of Meaning (Hardcover)

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By Jan Wiener, David H. Rosen (Foreword by)
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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

" . . . goes to the heart of clinica practice and its controversies while maintaining a clarity and ease of expression in traversing complex areas of experience. . . the reader is left both interested and enlivened. . . the clarity of the format and presentation will make it a useful teaching text."--British Journal of Psychotherapy

" . . . an extraordinary book which provides a lucid overview of the phenomenon of transference and countertransference in the context of Jungian psychology. . . I h ad a real sense of a healing taking place in a field that has suffered strife and division over a long period of time."--Journal of Analytical Psychology

-David Tacey

"With ease and grace Jan Wiener brings the reader into Jungian clinical experience. . ."--Joe Cambray, IAAP President-Elect
-Joe Cambray

"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." - Christopher Perry, Society of Analytical Psychology, The Journal of Analytical Psychology
-Christopher Perry, Society of Analytical Psychology

Product Details
ISBN: 9781603441476
ISBN-10: 1603441476
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2009
Pages: 150
Language: English
Series: Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology