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Overvaluing the therapist: The search for a good object

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In this paper, an attempt was made to relate clinical practice to theory as it provides direction in working with transference manifestations presented by a patient entering therapy with an immediate need to overvalue the therapist. The problem was related to the patient's inability to tolerate separation (object loss) because of failure to develop “ego precipitates” leading to her own positive self-image. The conditions for developing a positive self-image were outlined. Vignettes from the patient's history were offered to illustrate the problem in practice.

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Kaplan, B.L. Overvaluing the therapist: The search for a good object. Clin Soc Work J 3, 177–186 (1975). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02142509

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Keywords

  • Clinical Practice
  • Social Psychology
  • Good Object
  • Object Loss
  • Transference Manifestation