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Corradi, R.B. (2006). A Conceptual Model of Transference and Its Psychotherapeutic Application. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 34(3):415-439.

(2006). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 34(3):415-439

A Conceptual Model of Transference and Its Psychotherapeutic Application

Richard B. Corradi, M.D.

The tendency to repeat formative human relationships in later life, a universal developmental characteristic, is referred to as transference when it occurs in the doctor-patient relationship. Its systematic therapeutic application in psychiatry has historically been associated with classical psychoanalysis. As psychoanalysis has lost its cachet, and as drug treatment has replaced psychotherapy as psychiatry's major treatment modality, the therapeutic potential of transference risks being neglected. This is to the great detriment of psychiatric patients. Knowledge of the power of transference and expertise in its clinical use in psychotherapy should be the most powerful tool in the psychiatric therapeutic armamentarium. This article discusses a concept of transference that the author has found effective, both in clinical practice and in teaching about transference to psychiatric residents. The article delineates a psychology of transference, discusses its universal applicability to the whole of the psychotherapeutic process, and utilizes case material to illustrate principles of its application.

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