June 1960


Author Affiliations

By Benjamin Wolstein, Ph.D. Price, $5.50. Pp. 179. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1959.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(6):715. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590120123022

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The author, who is a psychologist on the faculty of the new School for Social Research and the William Alonson White Psychoanalytic Society of New York City, is well known for his previous book entitled “Transference: Its Meaning and Function in Psychoanalytic Therapy,” published in 1954. The present volume, which is intended as a companion to the book on transference, considers the subject in logical order, dealing with the problems raised by countertransference, the history of the subject, theories concerning it, clinical observations, the problem of countertransference in therapy, and a summary of the preceding chapters. There is a small selected bibliography and an adequate index.

The author states quite clearly that the analyst is not a blank screen but a live human being who exists in the experiential field along with his patient. He decries the attempt of analysts to deny the participation of their personalities in the therapeutic

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