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(p. 59) Hate in the Countertransference 

(p. 59) Hate in the Countertransference
(p. 59) Hate in the Countertransference

Donald W. Winnicott

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date: 23 September 2020

This essay describes how the analyst aims to maintain objectivity in regard to all that the patient brings, a special case of this being the analyst’s need to be able to hate the patient objectively. There are many situations where the analyst’s hate is justified, and in an ordinary analysis this can be managed and the hate remains latent. In research analysis, or care of the more psychotic type of patient, a great strain is put on the analyst, and it is important to study the ways that anxiety of a psychotic quality and hate are produced in those who work with severely ill psychiatric patients.

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