Archive for March, 2004

Google Sets

March 28, 2004

I typed a few psychological defences intoGoogle Sets and Google knew!


March 26, 2004

Interestingly this one word generated some profaound definitions:

Definitions of projection on the Web:

(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your
own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else

a kind of unconscious identification with the
object (participation mystique). All projections cause
counter-projections; that and being spellbound into living out the
projection are very close to M. Klein’s “projective identification.”
There are personal and collective projections. National or global
crises feed collective projections.

the fundamental law of mind: projection makes
perception — what we see inwardly determines what we see outside our
minds. w-m: reinforces guilt by displacing it onto someone else,
attacking it there and denying its presence in ourselves; an attempt to
shift responsibility for separation from ourselves to others. r-m: the
principle of extension, undoing guilt by allowing the forgiveness of
the Holy Spirit to be extended (projected) through us.

a defense mechanism, operating unconsciously, in
which what is emotionally unacceptable in the self is unconsciously
rejected and attributed (projected) to others projective tests
diagnostic tests in which the test taker “projects” some aspect of his
or her personality in response to the presentation of ambiguous test

In Psychoanalytic Theory, the defense mechanism
whereby we transfer or project our feelings about one person onto
another. Projective Techniques A generic term for the psychological
procedures used to measure personality which rely on ambiguous stimuli.

Google Search: define:countertransference

March 26, 2004

Google Search: define:countertransference

The entries on countertransference are more interesting and list both projections and projective identifications, which I think is right. Not bad for Artificial Intelligence (or is this human aided?) But it still does not really include the guts of it all. Of course the beauty of these definitions is that they link to websites, which will have more guts.

Google Search: define:countertransference: a type of projection. Dangerous when a therapist identifies with emanations from the client’s manifestations of the collective unconscious.

the conscious and unconscious emotional reaction of the professional to the client.

a term used in psychodynamic therapy describing a situation in which the therapist becomes emotionally involved with the patient, projecting the therapist’s own feelings onto the patient

the psychoanalyst’s displacement of emotion onto the patient or more generally the psychoanalyst’s emotional involvement in the therapeutic interaction


March 26, 2004

I am reading an article on transference in psychotherapy – and thought I’d use the Google ‘define:’ function – to see if it helped… not bad so far but it has not gone beyond what I know already.

Google Search: define:transference: “(psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst”

Websites I work on

March 26, 2004

I have been busy with Mt Lyford Horse Treks and Otahuna Horse Riding. In addition to my psychotherapy practice I assist my wife, Kate, in these great ventures. I do a lot of the IT stuff and I am a Director of the company. Is there some connection between horses and my psychotherapy work? There sure is! Hardly a day goes by when I do not connect the “partnering up” theme based on the principles of Natural Horsemanship with some aspect of the psychodynamics I get involved with. The connection with the rider and the horse is not unlike the connection between the conscious self and the deeper, stronger forces within.

The other connection is that working on the Horse ventures keeps me away from mt psychological dabbeling here on the Psyberspace Weblog, but who knows, as we consolidate that might change somewhat.Birdie and Patch