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Kancyper, L. (2018). Metapsychology and Clinical Aspects of Transference-Friendship. Psychoanal Q., 87(1):101-126.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(1):101-126

Metapsychology and Clinical Aspects of Transference-Friendship

Luis Kancyper

In this text, the author points out that the notion of friendship plays an important role in the analytic process. It introduces another type of transference in the intersubjective, dynamic field—transference-friendship—as a counterpoint to the idea of transference-love (Freud 1915).

Transference-friendship is positive, sublimated transference that fosters the therapeutic alliance. It is expressed in the dynamics of the analytic field within a comfortable, tender, relaxed, and, at the same time, profound affective atmosphere in which both analyst and analysand are immersed in frank intimacy while at the same time preserving the functional asymmetry of the analytic process.

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