The Therapeutic Relationship
Transference, Countertransference, and the Making of Meaning
Analytical Psychology
5.5 x 8.5, 168 pp.
10 line art. 3 graphs.
Pub Date: 06/12/2017
Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology
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The Therapeutic Relationship

Transference, Countertransference, and the Making of Meaning

By Jan Wiener
Foreword by David H. Rosen

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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.

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.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Jan Wiener offers a beautifully crafted overview of the theoretical and clinical development of the concept of transference in analytical psychology from Jung to the present day.  She successfully integrates Jung’s ideas with contemporary models of practice in her concept of the transference matrix that integrates Jung’s central beliefs in the significance of the symbolic capacity with contemporary research findings in the fields of infant development, neuroscience, and emergence theory."--Jean Knox, consultant editor, Journal of Analytical Psychology

" . . . Jan Wiener writes in an admirably elegant and accessible style, making many helpful distinctions between different approaches to transference analysis and incorporating the latest findings from attachment theory and neuroscience in her own concept of ‘the transference matrix’.  While valuing the symbolic and the archetypal elements of the analytic process, she argues persuasively for the importance of attending to the quality of personal relating as the means of promoting a symbolic capacity;  therefore ‘we ignore transference phenomena at our peril’.  Her own approach to analysis is well illustrated by clear and vivid clinical examples that reveal the subtlety and sensitivity of a thoughtful and humane analyst at work."--Warren Colman, editor-in-chief, Journal of Analytical Psychology

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

"A brilliant synopsis of tranference, countertransference and the construction of meaning; a comprehensive, outstanding and very important Jungian contribution to the topic of the therapeutic relationship."--Verena Kast, professor, University of Zurich

"Using her extensive knowledge of analytic theories and her considerable experience as a clinician and a training analyst, Jan Wiener has written a humane and brilliant reflection on the therapeutic relationship. This work will stand as a high point in Jungian literature for many years to come. "--Murray Stein, author, Jung's Map of the Soul

" . . . goes to the heart of clinical 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

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