Transference and Countertransference in Sport Psychology Service Delivery: Part I. A Review of Erotic Attraction
Authors: Stevens, Lisa M.; Andersen, Mark B.
Source: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Volume 19, Number 3, July 2007 , pp. 253-269(17)
Abstract:Sport psychologists work in a variety of settings, often with athletes who have qualities that most people find attractive. For athletes, their worlds are usually filled with people who have agendas other than their happiness (e.g., medals, fame, future financial gains). The sport psychologist may be the only person with whom the athlete can talk about deeper issues than training and performance. Romantic or erotic attraction between sport psychologists and those in their care probably occurs more often than many would believe, or want to believe. The topic is so taboo that it is often kept in the closet in the training and education of sport psychologists. Erotic feelings in service are often disturbing, shocking, and sources of professional and personal shame. Helping students and practitioners of sport psychology understand the roots of these phenomena may go a long way towards a better understanding of our all-too-human responses to those we serve. In Part I we review the literature on erotic transference and countertransference in psychotherapy and sport psychology service delivery and make suggestions for opening the closet doors on these phenomena for educators, students, supervisees, and supervisors.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-07-01