Countertransference: obstruction or evidence
Countertransference has been around as long as psychoanalysis. In fact, people have been reacting to those with mental distress for the whole of history.
It has only been since about 1950 that this phenomenon has been employed in use to increase the understanding of mental distress.
The use of subjective experience as a form of evidence has tended to meet with scientific suspicion.
R.D. Hinshelwood will discuss this suspicion and suggest that we can overcome it. Despite its potential distorting effects, if handled carefully, countertransference can yield both clinical and research evidence.
He will draw on a recent publication: R.D. Hinshelwood (2016) Countertransference and Alive Moments: Help or Hindrance (London: Process Press).
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