A Case of Erotized Transference in a Male Patient: Formations and Transformations

  • Gould E
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Discusses the case of an erotized transference between a 68-yr-old man (married and a retired professional) and his female analyst, who was treating him in response to complaints of chronic depression, marital conflict, and a disturbing sense of boredom, affectlessness, and emptiness. What appeared to be primary for this patient in the analytic relationship, specifically through the vehicle of the erotized transference, was the repair of developmental processes that had been adversely affected by specific failures on the part of both parents. The treatment relationship met narcissistic needs for an idealized paternal selfobject in order to feel loved, safe, and alive. Allowing the erotized transference to unfold led to lasting changes in the patient's self-experience and overall functioning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Edith Gould

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