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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 139–155 | Cite as

LOVING THE PATIENT AS THE BASIS FOR TREATMENT

  • Yecheskiel CohenEmail author
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Abstract

The author’s conviction is that a successful treatment is based on feelings of love by the therapist/analyst toward his or her patients. One should differentiate between love that is based on biological erotic-sexual drives and emotional love without erotic biological drive. The treatment process, especially for severely disturbed personalities, should be regarded as a process of new birth and new kind of development. Thus what the patient needs most is a kind of parental “primary love” (according to Balint). This paper presents a full report of a session through which the basic love to the patient is illustrated as enabling the treatment.

Keywords

love parental countertransference real feelings 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author is very grateful to Etty Cohen, Noa Haas, Sara Moses, Raanan Kulka, Stanley Shneider, and Jonathan Slavin for their helpful comments. A special thanks goes to Michal Uzieli for her significant contribution to this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.JerusalemIsrael

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