HATE IN THE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE WINNICOTT PDF

You are on page 1of 10 Search inside document Winnicott, D. Hate in the Counter-Transference. This is tantamount to saying that an analyst needs to be himself analysed, but it also asserts that the analysis of a psychotic is irksome as compared with that of a neurotic, and inherently so. Apart from psycho-analytic treatment, the management of a psychotic is bound to be irksome.

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This paper is freely available online [ pdf ] and is not a difficult read. Whenever I read something old I find I am often jolted out of the work by some attitude or event that is weird, incongruous, or unacceptable by modern standards. For example, if you are a fan of early 20th century detective fiction, as I am, you can be enjoying a gripping Dr.

Thorndyke mystery, only to come up short against a whole bunch of anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism. He claims that it is in treating psychotic patients that the hate of the analyst becomes active. Of course, people with psychotic conditions are not generally treated only with psychoanalysis anymore. With me so far? He tells an anecdote about a patient he strongly disliked; when the patient improved he became likeable again.

This is a powerful insight which Winnicott goes on to illustrate with another, more disturbing anecdote. Winnicott tells the story of a troubled child he and his wife cared for for a few months. Winnicott worked with evacuees during WWII, most of them children escaping the bombing of London and the south coast.

The 9-year-old boy came from an abusive home and acted out by continually running away. Winnicott never clarifies what he means by this, but makes it clear that caring for the boy was frustrating and difficult for the family. Did I hit him? The answer is no, I never hit. But I should have had to have done so if I had not known all about my hate and if I had not let him know about it too.. This was easy because it was so true…[these words] were mainly important in enabling me to tolerate the situation without letting out, without losing my temper and every now and again murdering him.

I suppose that telling a disturbed, traumatized child under your care that you hate them is better than physically abusing them, but neither is what I would call ideal. The fact that Winnicott not only congratulates himself on his self-control and healthy self-insight that prevented him from beating a child under his care, but that he thought it was necessary for the child to know he was hated, is a terrifying little window onto what was considered normal parenting in mid-century Britain.

When he tells the boy under his care that he hates him, he never acknowledges how horrible that must have been for an abandoned and traumatized child to hear. Similarly the paper is threaded through with assumptions of male supremacy of which Winnicott seems unaware.

He takes it for granted that a mother might hate her infant daughter but not her infant son and that sex for women is a transaction. Just a thought. What do you think? What classic paper of psychoanalysis should I read next? Share this:.

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About Me ExistentialThoughts View my complete profile. I suppose that telling a disturbed, traumatized child under your care that you hate them is better than physically abusing them, but neither is what I would call ideal. I had a couple of those moments reading this paper. Notes and essays from existential books I study to support my work as a psychotherapist. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

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Hate in the countertransference

This paper is freely available online [ pdf ] and is not a difficult read. Whenever I read something old I find I am often jolted out of the work by some attitude or event that is weird, incongruous, or unacceptable by modern standards. For example, if you are a fan of early 20th century detective fiction, as I am, you can be enjoying a gripping Dr. Thorndyke mystery, only to come up short against a whole bunch of anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism.

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