What is listened for in the midst of the therapist silence, whether in the form of countertransference (Roth, 1990) or fantasy and reverie (Bion, 1970), are the products of the therapist being in the group and allowing the continuous projective and introjective elements to impact upon the deeper levels of his or her personality. It is sometimes compelling to respond to surface or manifest material in the group, to problem solve or "cheerlead" with patients, but these actions must also be understood as fostering a group climate in which the manifest/reality holds all the attention and power. The danger for the therapist of relying on himself or herself in the moments of silence is alleviated only by deeply understanding patterns of countertransference within the therapist and becoming familiar with the underlying concepts of cure or healthy functioning. No silent listening by any therapist is purely neutral. The therapist puts his or her subjective stamp (Ogden, 1996) on his or her group whereby subjective beliefs must emerge, which hopefully are soundly analytic: that is, in the patients' behalf.

Health And Fitness 101

Health And Fitness 101

Self-improvement is a thing which you must practice throughout your life because once you started to believe that you are perfect then, things will start to become complex. You need to know that no one is perfect and no one can be perfect.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment