What is transference?

  • (noun): The act of transfering something from one form to another.
    Synonyms: transfer
    See also — Additional definitions below


Transference is a phenomenon characterized by unconscious redirection of feelings from 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." Still another definition is "a reproduction of emotions relating to repressed experiences, especially of childhood, and the substitution of another person ... for the original object of the repressed impulses." Transference was first described by Sigmund Freud, who acknowledged its importance for psychoanalysis for better understanding of the patient's feelings.

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Some articles on transference:

Transference Neurosis
... Transference Neurosis is a term that Sigmund Freud introduced in 1914 to describe a new form of the analysand’s infantile neurosis that develops ... He called these newer versions “transferences” and characterized them as the substitution of the physician for a person from the patient's past ... past, but as applying to the person of the physician at the present moment.” When transference neurosis develops, the relationship with the ...
Splitting (psychology) - Transference
... It has been suggested that interpretation of the transference "becomes effective through a sort of splitting of the ego into a reasonable, judging portion and an experiencing portion, the former recognizing the latter as not appropriate in the present and as coming from the past." Clearly, "in this sense, splitting, so far from being a pathological phenomenon, is a manifestation of self-awareness." Nevertheless, "it remains to be investigated how this desirable 'splitting of the ego' and 'self-observation' are to be differentiated from the pathological cleavage...directed at preserving isolations.". ...
Transference Focused Psychotherapy - Treatment Procedure - Therapeutic Process
... diagnostic description of a particular internalized object relation in the transference (b) the diagnostic elaboration of the corresponding self and object ... In this treatment, the analysis of the transference is the primary vehicle for the transformation of primitive (e.g ... the therapeutic relationship, that is, the transference ...
Liquid Junction Potential - Calculation
... Ewithout transference = RT/F ... Ewith transference = tM RT/F ... number of Cl– Liquid Junction potential = Ewith transference– Ewithout transference = (tM – 1) RT/F ...
Transference and Countertransference During Psychotherapy
... In a therapy context, transference refers to redirection of a patient's feelings for a significant person to the therapist ... Transference is often manifested as an erotic attraction towards a therapist, but can be seen in many other forms such as rage, hatred, mistrust, parentification, extreme dependence, or ... When Freud initially encountered transference in his therapy with patients, he felt it was an obstacle to treatment success ...

More definitions of "transference":

  • (noun): Transferring ownership.
    Synonyms: transfer
  • (noun): (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.