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NUNES, Cristina. Navigating the Countertransference River: Encounters and Mismatches with Projective Identification and Projective Counteridentification. Estud. psicanal. [online]. 2020, n.53, pp. 17-26. ISSN 0100-3437.

Despite the great expansion of the concept of countertransference, which accompanied the expansion of psychoanalytic intervention to children and patients with severe pathologies, as well as the growing importance of the therapeutic relationship in psychoanalytic practice, this theme has brought a certain lack of clarity, which still remains today. The idea of countertransference is often confused with other concepts, such as floating attention, empathy, projective identification or projective counteridentification. In an attempt to clarify and distinguish the concepts of countertransference, projective identification and projective counteridentification, the author will use three texts by authors that she considers fundamental to understand and to reflect about the subject. From the reflective reading of the texts Studies on Psychoanalytic Technique by Heinrich Racker's, Identification Theory by León Grinberg and Models of Psychoanalysis Interpretation by Carlos Amaral Dias, she will propose a model of interrelationship between the dynamics of the concepts of countertransference, projective identification, projective counteridentification and enactment, which she believes will facilitate the distinction between them, hoping to contribute to a better understanding and integration of countertransference phenomena into psychoanalytic practice.

Keywords : Countertransference; Projective identification; Projective counteridentification; Enactment.

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