Managing countertransference: what the experts think.

J. A. Hayes, C. J. Gelso, S. L. Van Wagoner, R. A. Diemer

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The present study attempted to assess the importance of five factors theorized to play a central role in managing countertransference: Self-integration, Anxiety Management, Conceptualizing Skills, Empathy, and Self-insight. 33 experts provided ratings of 50 characteristics of therapists as to the importance of each in managing countertransference. Analysis indicated that each factor is at least somewhat important to management of countertransference, with two of the factors, Self-integration and Self-insight, rated as playing a particularly important role. Clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-148
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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