Volume 8 Issue 2 (2012): New Approaches to Psychodynamic Research
Main Articles

Connection and Disconnection: Value of the Analyst's Subjectivity in Elucidating Meaning in a Psychoanalytic Case Study

Sara Hueso
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
Published November 29, 2012
  • research context,
  • subjectivity,
  • psychoanalysis,
  • transference,
  • countertransference,
  • projective identification,
  • induced feelings,
  • case study
  • ...More


This article reflects on pivotal concepts of psychoanalytic practice and theory, applied to a single case study to create new meanings. Drawing from the concepts of transference, countertransference, and projective identification, the author presents the notion that the researcher's subjective reactions are created and induced by the subject of study precisely because this is one, and sometimes the only way available to the subject to communicate something that is out of its full awareness. In essence, some unconscious material can be expressed nonverbally by the subject by means of provoking visceral and bodily reactions in the researcher, or in some cases, psychic imagery such as dreams or fantasies. The material can be meaningfully interpreted by the researcher by receiving, containing, and sorting through these inchoate emotional reactions within self.