Incest: transference and countertransference implications

This relationship is initially consciously and/or unconsciously consciously constructed by the patient as one that can typify his or her past and will be characterized by fears of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as wishes and fantasies of merger, idealization, and reparation. “In the patient’s psychic reality, the experience of the analytic situation then becomes the trauma, be it seduction or failure to protect” (Levine, 1990). The concept of projective identification explains how the patient may attempt to reenact his or her history and how this may be used as a vehicle for empathy and change.

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