The Narration of Desire, Erotic Transferences and Countertransferences

The Narration of Desire, Erotic Transferences and Countertransferences

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In this richly woven study of preoedipal erotic experience, Harriet Kimble Wrye and Judith Welles focus on patients for whom early mothering did not sustain the flowering and subsequent transformation of early erotic desire. Such patients remain under the sway of a primitive eroticism that is often sadistic and invariably perverse. Successful analytic work requires accepting and containing the patient’s primitive erotic needs; reconstructing the mother-infant narratives that sustain these needs; and mobilizing the patient’s transformative desire to grow out of maternal eroticism to an adult love of self and others.

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