The case of Marcello: transference and the unfolding of the analytical relationship



The analytical process of a male patient is herein described, the main focus being on the phase when the transference develops and transference projections are modified, leading to a transformation of the personality, which was previously characterized by severe obsessional defences. The specific aim of the discussion is to evaluate when and what to interpret, in relation to the importance of the transferential patterns and with regard to the role of the analyst as a container.