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Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 137–141 | Cite as

Managing the Countertransference Through Poetry Writing

  • Manya Bean
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Abstract

In this paper the analyst poet presents the process of poetry writing as a method for the study and management of countertransference feelings in the treatment of patients with varying degrees of pathology. The poems included here are products of conscious and unconscious communication between analyst and analysand and are shown to serve a number of functions, such as recording documenting, exploring and analyzing countertransferential feelings. In one example, a poem also functioned as a diagnostic tool in the case of a depressed man.

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References

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manya Bean
    • 1
  1. 1.PhiladelphiaUSA

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