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. Based on Dora’s case history, Freud suggested that during therapy the creation of new symptoms stops, but new versions of the patient’s fantasies and impulses are generated. He called these newer versions “transferences” and characterized them as the substitution of the physician for a person from the patient's past. According to Freud's description: “a whole series of psychological experiences are revived not as belonging to the 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 one for the patient, who directs strong infantile feelings and conflicts towards the therapist, e.g. the patient may react as if the analyst is his/her father.

ICD-9-CM 94.31
MeSH D011572
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  • Psychosexual development
  • Psychosocial development (Erikson)
  • Unconscious
  • Preconscious
  • Psychic apparatus
  • Id, ego and super-ego
  • Libido
  • Drive
  • Transference
  • Countertransference
  • Ego defenses
  • Resistance
  • Projection
  • Denial
Important figures
  • Alfred Adler
  • Michael Balint
  • Wilfred Bion
  • Josef Breuer
  • Nancy Chodorow
  • Max Eitingon
  • Erik Erikson
  • Ronald Fairbairn
  • Paul Federn
  • Otto Fenichel
  • Sándor Ferenczi
  • Anna Freud
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Erich Fromm
  • Harry Guntrip
  • Karen Horney
  • Ernest Jones
  • Carl Jung
  • Melanie Klein
  • Heinz Kohut
  • Jacques Lacan
  • Ronald Laing
  • Margaret Mahler
  • Jacques-Alain Miller
  • Otto Rank
  • Sandor Rado
  • Wilhelm Reich
  • Joan Riviere
  • Isidor Sadger
  • James Strachey
  • Ernst Simmel
  • Harry Stack Sullivan
  • Susan Sutherland Isaacs
  • Donald Winnicott
Important works
  • The Interpretation of Dreams
  • The Psychopathology of Everyday Life
  • Three Essays on the Theory
    of Sexuality
  • Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  • The Ego and the Id
Schools of thought
  • Self psychology
  • Lacanian
  • Jungian
  • Object relations
  • Interpersonal
  • Relational
  • Ego psychology
  • Boston Graduate School of
  • British Psychoanalytic Council
  • British Psychoanalytical Society
  • Columbia University Center for
    Psychoanalytic Training and Research
  • International Psychoanalytical Association
  • World Association of Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology portal

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