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Bing, J.F. (1985). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. X, 1982: Transference in Psychoanalysis and in Psychotherapy: Points of View, Past and Present, Inside and Outside the Transference. Harold P. Blum. Pp. 117-137.. Psychoanal Q., 54:506-507.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. X, 1982: Transference in Psychoanalysis and in Psychotherapy: Points of View, Past and Present, Inside and Outside the Transference. Harold P. Blum. Pp. 117-137.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54:506-507

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. X, 1982: Transference in Psychoanalysis and in Psychotherapy: Points of View, Past and Present, Inside and Outside the Transference. Harold P. Blum. Pp. 117-137.

James F. Bing

Blum discusses transferences from a wide variety of object relations in an individual's life. He focuses on transferences which occur in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and in psychoanalysis, differentiating the ways in which the transferences are manifested in the two treatment modalities. In its most narrow sense, transference neurosis is seen only in psychoanalysis. Blum concisely defines transference as "an unconscious fantasy elaboration of infantile object relations." Although concentrating

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on transference and transference neurosis in psychoanalysis is of utmost importance, Blum states unequivocally that there are situations in the patient's current life in which interpretations can be made: the outside experiences should not be dismissed. This is an important point, since much of what is written today negates the importance of everything except what occurs between patient and analyst in the analytic situation. Blum shows how transference interpretations and extra-transference interpretations are equally important and equally useful to the patient. He comments that among the many varieties of therapy in existence today, the transferences are understood and adequately worked with only in psychoanalytic psychotherapy or in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis now has to compete with other forms of therapy, many of which are based on illusions and magic. In discussing the differences between psychoanalysis and the various psychoanalytic psychotherapies, Blum makes the cogent point that in psychoanalysis the transference is treated by interpretation, with the expectation that it will at least be partially resolved prior to termination, whereas in psychotherapy it is utilized for manipulation and for its heuristic value, and its resolution is not the goal.

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Article Citation

Bing, J.F. (1985). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. X, 1982. Psychoanal. Q., 54:506-507

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