NeuroScience: CounterTransference In The Right Brain

Honest To A Fault


The two following articles broaden the scope of psycho- therapeutic research

Looking for Ground: Countertransference and the Problem of Value (Book Review)   —   Perhaps one of the most relevant controversies facing psychoanalysis is the issue of countertransference. Although there are many schools of thought regarding its value, utilization, and conceptualization, there are few works that thoroughly examine its history and theoretical development. Looking for Ground: Counter-transference and the Problem of Value in Psychoanalysis is an important book, not only because it provides a thorough history of counter-transference, but also because it allows the reader to decide for him/herself their position regarding its value   —
Transference & Counter-transference as Implicit Right Brain/Mind/Body Transactions  —  Advances in neuroscience now clearly suggest that the capacity to receive and express communications within the implicit realm is optimized when the clinician is in a state of right brain receptivity. Marcus ( 1997 ) observes, ‘‘The analyst, by means of reverie and intuition, listens with the right brain directly to the analysand’s right brain (p. 238).’’

This emphasis on the right brain systems that underlie attachment and develop-mental change has in turn forged deeper connections with clinical models of psycho-therapeutic change, all of which are consonant with psychoanalytic under-standings. Modern attachment theory can thus be incorporated into the core of social work theory, research, and practice.


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