Discussing Joseph Newirth’s case from a modern Freudian perspective, I explore possible sources of the patient’s degraded view of herself, her ambivalent feelings toward men, and her fears of sexuality. I also discuss the course of the treatment, noting that both the patient’s progress and the core of her resistance centers on her complex relationship with her analyst. This has been the source of healing and of avoidance of her innerworld of imagination and fantasy. I further suggest that active confrontation of the patient’s defensive use of her relationship with her analyst would enhance the substantial gains that she has already made.
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Document Type: Research Article
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Traning and Superivsing Analyst, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, New York University Psychoanalytic Institute
Publication date: July 15, 2005