What is transference?

  • (noun): Transferring ownership.
    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 Focused Psychotherapy - Treatment Procedure - Therapeutic Process
... the diagnostic description of a particular internalized object relation in the transference (b) the diagnostic elaboration of the corresponding self and object representation ... In this treatment, the analysis of the transference is the primary vehicle for the transformation of primitive (e.g ... aware of them in the therapeutic relationship, that is, the transference ...
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 ...
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 during the psychoanalytic process ... 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 therapist becomes the most important ...
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 ... When Freud initially encountered transference in his therapy with patients, he felt it was an obstacle to treatment success ...
Liquid Junction Potential - Calculation
... Electromotive force (EMF) of a concentration cell with transference includes the liquid junction potential ... Ewithout transference = RT/F ... Ewith transference = tM RT/F ...

More definitions of "transference":

  • (noun): The act of transfering something from one form to another.
    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.