Transference

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Transference is a phenomenon where patients undergoing clinical therapy begin to transfer their feelings of a particular person in their lives to the therapist. For example, the patient may begin to feel the same feelings towards his or her therapist as the patient does for his or her lover. These types of feelings may be positive or negative. The therapist must be aware of this phenomenon and may even be able to use it to help the patient. For example, role playing with the patient.

Transference Neurosis

Tranference neurosis is a term coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914 to describe a new form of “infantile neurosis” being described or exhibited by a client. With this term Freud made hypothesized that new forms of neuroses can emerge during the process of psychoanalysis and that a neurosis can take the form of the client “transferring” their feelings for a past relationship (i.e. their father) to a male therapist. At this point he theorized that this therapist/client relationship becomes the most important relationship for the client and will result in the client re-enacting past conflicts and other feelings.

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