Transference and Countertransference in Sport Psychology Service Delivery: Part II. Two Case Studies on the Erotics

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Stevens, Lisa M and Andersen, Mark B (2007) Transference and Countertransference in Sport Psychology Service Delivery: Part II. Two Case Studies on the Erotics. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 19 (3). pp. 270-287. ISSN 1041-3200


In Part II, we present two case studies of erotic transference and countertransference in sport psychology service delivery. We interviewed two seasoned practitioners, both with long histories of working with athletes. These sport psychologists represent two extremes of the spectrum when encountering the erotic in service delivery. One participant's story is about denial, suppression, and repression of anything that hints of the erotic in practitioner-client relationships. The other sport psychologist's story is about a nearly unbridled reveling in the erotic with a client. The practitioners are easy to condemn, one for ignorance and lack of awareness of self and others, the other for adolescent fantasies and objectification of his client. But those responses are facile and uncharitable. We present these two cases as examples, albeit extreme ones, of how truly complex the erotic is in service delivery. Their stories illustrate, in sometimes painful and graphic ways, what it is to be human, all-too-human, in our encounters with the people we serve.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/10413200701314011
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID12759, erotic transference and countertransference, sport psychology, service delivery, athletes, sport psychologists, practitioner-client relationships
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