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Jordan, J.F. (1992). The Transference: Distortion or Plausible Conjecture?. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 73:729-738.

(1992). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 73:729-738

The Transference: Distortion or Plausible Conjecture?

Juan Francisco Jordan

TRANSFERENCE AS DISTORTION

There is a psychoanalytic conception of the transference that sees it as caused exclusively or predominantly by the distortions resulting from the analysand's projection, repetition or displacement. In this approach, projection is in turn conceived as a phenomenon which creates the object of the drive, this creation being mediated by the projection regardless of the object's own characteristics and peculiarities.

Transference is then pure subjectivity, which is recognized in the mirror which the analyst has become. The analyst, interpreting, tells the patient: 'What you fantasize I am is yourself; I am what you do not think I am'. If, in addition, we take the transference to be everything that occurs between the analysand and the analyst, it follows that any statement the analysand may make about the analyst is treated as a distortion of the latter's reality. The reality of the analyst is something the analysand can never attain to.

To put the situation in its most extreme terms, the reality of the analyst is conceived of in a similar way to the reality of God in negative theology, which holds that the reality of God is reached through constant denial of what He is said to be. God is everything that remains outside what He is said to be. This is in my view, in the first place, one of the risks of visualizing the transference exclusively in terms of the patient's distortion. Such a conception of the transference, when expressed in interpretive

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