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Haas, L. (1966). Transference Outside the Psycho-Analytic Situation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:422-426.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:422-426

Transference Outside the Psycho-Analytic Situation

L. Haas


1. The concept of the transference in psycho-analysis is used almost exclusively in the frame of reference of the patient-analyst relationship. In fact, however, Freud gave this concept a much broader meaning. The conceptions of Freud and Bion imply that it is justifiable to note and to interpret the interpersonal relations of the patient, his behaviour outside the analytic situation, from the viewpoint of the transference.

2. This approach can be of help in psycho-analytic therapy. Transference outside the analytic situation acquires special significance in the therapeutic procedure of such cases where the transference to the analyst remains superficial, 'uneventful'. A case of this type is reported.

3. The significance of the transference in the shaping of attitudes to social institutions and to ideologies is briefly discussed.

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