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Deepening Intimacy in Psychotherapy: Using the Erotic by Florence Rosiello

By Florence Rosiello

During this provocative quantity, Dr. Florence W. Rosiello addresses erotic dynamics within the remedy courting in the context of a two-person treatment, emphasizing the need of mutuality and emotional reciprocity among sufferer and therapist. With wealthy scientific illustrations, she demonstrates how the intimacy created through operating in the sexual measurement of the healing courting might current possibilities for perception and progress that can simply be neglected if one seeks to prevent those hugely charged concerns. targeting these sufferers who're predisposed to on the subject of others in a sexualized demeanour, Dr. Rosiello has found that mutual exploration of either the therapist's and the patient's subjective event deals a beneficial and powerful technique of improving the remedy.

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As we walked up the street, we started getting harassed by a homeless man. I guided the two of them into a bodega for safety. Karen and the boy seemed oblivious to the homeless man who I warded off by standing in the doorway of the bodega. But Karen and the boy slipped out the door, right past me and the homeless man, and started walking up the street without me and without looking back. " It seemed that Benjamin and I had similar dreams. Both of u s dreamt about a young blond boy, maybe a youthful idealized version of Ben, and perhaps symbolic of the preadolescent behavior he often presented when frustrated by people he perceived as omnipotent.

In this group, I experienced the erotic transference as an aggressive penetration of hateful rage. When therapists work with extremes, such as patients who are dying or those who are sexually demanding, there can be an elevation of passions in everyone involved. In group work, these passions can arise between in­ dividual group members, as well as between the therapist and particu­ lar group members. I found that this intimate group relationship, with its focus on life, death, and sex, placed a demand on me, as the analyst, to be receptive to-and to reciprocate-intense, passionate feelings.

June and I formed a cohesive mutual bond in our first session that allowed the development of an erotic transference. Was this just projective identification? If it was, then I believe my re­ ceptive response to her would have been problematic and the treatment would have been different. We see in her treatment that mutuality in the erotic transference was more than a resistance. SUMMARY As it cuts across oedipal and preoedipal boundaries, the erotic transfer­ ence facilitates and gives form to the development of the analytic rela- TRANSFERENCE LOVE, EROS, AND ATTACHMENT 21 tionship, i n that i t need not b e treated a s purely real o r unreal, and that it is not merely a resistance or defense against decompensation or self­ fragmentation.

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