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Jan Wiener – The Therapeutic Relationship: Transference, Countertransference, and the Making of Meaning


  • Series: Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603441476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603441476

While C. G. Jung had a natural intuitive understanding of the transference and countertransference, his lack of a „coherent method and clinical technique for working with transference and his ambivalence and mercurial attitude to matters of method,” have, in the words of therapist and Jungian scholar Jan Wiener, sometimes left Jungians who are eager to hone their knowledge and skills in this area „floundering and confused.”

Her aim in this important book is to lay the groundwork for the development of a „more contemporary Jungian approach” to working with transference and countertransference dynamics within the therapeutic relationship. Her work is also informed by knowledge from other fields, such as philosophy, infant development, neuroscience, and the arts.

In The Therapeutic Relationship, Jan Wiener makes a central distinction between working „in” the transference and working „with” the transference, advocating a flexible approach that takes account of the different kinds of attachment patients can make to their therapists. She develops her own concept of the transference matrix, a model that honors one of Jung’s core beliefs in the development of a symbolic capacity as an essential task of psychotherapy, but at the same time acknowledges that a capacity to symbolize can only emerge through relationship.

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Jan Wiener

Jan Wiener is a training analyst at the Society of Analytical Psychology, an assistant editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and a member of the executive committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. She lives and practices in London, England.

Texas A&MThe Carolyn & Ernest Fay Lecture and Book Series in Analytical (Jungian) Psychology

The Carolyn & Ernest Fay Lecture and Book Series in Analytical (Jungian) Psychology was established to further the ideas of C. G. Jung among students, faculty, therapists, and citizens, as well as to enhance the scope and focus of scholarly activities related to analytical psychology at Texas A&M University.  Each year an eminent Jungian, selected from around the world, is invited to College Station for three days of concentrated presentations that are subsequently issued as a new book in the Fay series, edited by Dr. David Rosen (holder of the McMillan Professorship in Analytical Psychology) and published by Texas A&M University Press. Generously funded by the Houston philanthropist Carolyn Grant Fay and her late husband, Ernest Bel Fay, for the past two decades these lectures and books have enhanced the intellectual life of Texas A&M and extended Jungian insights and understanding throughout the world.

To date, nearly two dozen books have been released in both cloth and paperback editions, following the highest editorial and production standards. In 2009, the Press also took the initiative to begin publishing full-text, open-access, digital editions of each of these volumes, which can be found on the Press’s web site, or in the University Repository, or at the web site of the Texas Digital Library. is not financed by any external fund except of free of charge administration and webmastering of participates in Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which is our way to keep the website clean and free of advertisements. It means that every time a book is bought it supports the development of the website. We advertise only analytical psychology and Jungian psychoanalysis books. If you like the direction our website is expanding you might consider supporting it by buying Jungian books via sponsored links of our Amazon Associaties Program.

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