Transference vs. Countertransference

By Jaxson

  • Transference

    Transference (German: Übertragung) is a theoretical phenomenon characterized by unconscious redirection of the feelings a person has about a second person to feelings the first person has about a third person. It usually concerns feelings from an important second-person relationship from childhood, and is sometimes considered inappropriate. Transference was first described by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, who considered it an important part of treatment in psychoanalysis.

  • Countertransference


    is defined as redirection of a psychotherapist’s feelings toward a client – or, more generally, as a therapist’s emotional entanglement with a client.

  • Transference (noun)

    The act of conveying from one place to another; the act of transferring or the fact of being transferred.

  • Transference (noun)

    The process by which emotions and desires, originally associated with one person, such as a parent, are unconsciously shifted to another.

  • Countertransference (noun)

    The transference of a therapist’s own unconscious feelings to his or her patient; unconscious or instinctive emotion felt towards the patient.

  • Countertransference (noun)

    the emotional reaction of the analyst to the subject’s contribution.

Oxford Dictionary

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