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Psychotherapy An Erotic Relationship - Transference and Countertransference Passions by David Mann

Psychotherapy An Erotic Relationship - Transference and Countertransference Passions


Psychotherapy An Erotic Relationship - Transference and Countertransference Passions by David Mann

Psychotherapy: An Erotic Relationship challenges the traditional belief that transference and countertransference are merely forms of resistance which jeopardize the therapeutic process. David Mann shows how the erotic feelings and fantasies experienced by clients and therapists can be used to bring about a positive transformation. Combining extensive clinical material with theoretical insights and new research on infants, the author traces erotic development back to the parent-child relationship, drawing parallels between this relationship and the therapist/client dyad. Individual chapters explore the function of the erotic within the unconscious, pre-Oedipal and Oedipal material, homoeroticism in therapy, sexual intercourse as a metaphor for psychological change, the primal scene and the difficulties of working with perversions.


This book is an excellent contribution to the understanding of erotic transference and coutertransference in the psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic outstanding review of the psychoanalytic literature, the poetry, the mythology, and the philosophy of love....I found Mann's book very enjoyable reading and his concepts useful and refreshing to my clinical work.

- Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research

About the Author

David Mann is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. He works in primary care and private practice. He also runs workshops and teaches on psychotherapy training programmes.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th February 1997


David Mann

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


224 pages


Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)



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