|Definition (Myers): In psychoanalysis, the patients' transfer to the analyst of emotions linked with other relationships.|
|Definition (alternative): Transference is a phenomenon in psychoanalysis characterized by unconscious redirection of feelings for one person to another. One definition of transference is "the inappropriate repetition in the present of a relationship that was important in a person's childhood."Another definition is "the redirection of feelings and desires and especially of those unconsciously retained from childhood toward a new object.*|
|Contextual explanation: |
Freud noted that many of his patients seemed at some point to begin to place certain feelings, like romantic love or parental love, onto the therapist. When this process occurred the therapist could use this position to help restore the client to more normal feelings by responding in ways unlike that of the person upon which the original feelings were based. For example, a child who has been severely abused by a parent, or even simply neglected, may express transference by viewing the therapist as parent. However, because the child expects this role to be negatively charged and harmful, recovery of abuse may be possible when the therapist is neither abusive nor neglectful. Instead the therapist uses this transference to provide what the parent did not provide, a stable and accepting relationship in which the client is very important.
*You have to note that transference encompass both a positive effect and a negative effect.
|Related terms and concepts: Psychoanalysis, Therapy|
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|Edited by: Kelsey |