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Who Owns the Countertransference?

Who Owns the Countertransference?

(p.96) Chapter Nine Who Owns the Countertransference?
Moral Stealth
University of Chicago Press

A series of articles published in the Journal of Clinical Ethics presents a published case study of a patient in psychotherapy along with the responses of a number of readers, including one from the patient himself. The basic point of these essays has to do with the patient's consent for the publication of his case and the repercussions that ensued from his reading about himself from his psychiatrist's point of view. The crux of the issue of revealing something about the treatment of a patient often comes down to a question of ownership. Although the property status of human tissue is controversial, the Journal of Clinical Ethics states that patients clearly have ownership of their stories and so lay claim to privacy. On one end of an imaginary line that we would construct, we would have the treatment, whether psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, as an activity done solely for the benefit of the patient, with all attendant issues, such as property rights, belonging to the patient. This chapter explores ownership and the issue of countertransference in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Keywords:   ownership, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, treatment, consent, privacy, patients, patient protection, countertransference, Clinical Ethics

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