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(p. 270) Relational focus of mentalizing: transference tracers and mentalizing the relationship 

(p. 270) Relational focus of mentalizing: transference tracers and mentalizing the relationship
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(p. 270) Relational focus of mentalizing: transference tracers and mentalizing the relationship
Author(s):

Anthony Bateman

and Peter Fonagy

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199680375.003.0010
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date: 08 April 2020

This chapter considers how the patient–clinician relationship is used within mentalization-based treatment (MBT). The concept of transference tracers is defined and the use of transference tracers explained. The chapter describes the role of transference within MBT as being the careful focus on the relationship between clinician and patient, which the authors term “mentalizing the relationship.” It also considers mentalizing the counter-relationship, or the feelings of the clinician. This involves the clinician identifying feelings in himself/herself; anticipating how the patient might respond to this; how the clinician marks carefully what he/she is saying to the patient so it is clear that what the clinician is saying is non-contingent and does not express the patient’s state of mind; and, finally, the clinician should keep in mind that the aim of this intervention is to promote mentalizing in the patient, or (less often) to reinstate mentalizing in the clinician.

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