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Balkoura, A. (1974). The Fate of the Transference Neurosis after Analysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 22:895-903.

(1974). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 22:895-903

The Fate of the Transference Neurosis after Analysis

Athanasia Balkoura, M.D.

For purposes of more closely limiting and defining the topic for discussion, the chairman, Arnold Pfeffer, suggested that the title be revised to read: "The Fate of the Transference Neurosis After Satisfactory Analysis," thus eliminating from consideration instances of incomplete or interrupted analyses in which there are significant residues of conflicts that may or may not be organized around the analyst and determine remaining symptoms and character difficulties.

After the transference neurosis has been satisfactorily resolved, what is its fate? In attempting to answer this question, one is immediately confronted with the problem of gathering relevant observations. Several areas of study suggest themselves: during the course of analysis; at termination; and reanalysis. Pfeffer elaborated on the reason for the paucity of information, useful for present purposes, that usually evolves from these points of observation.

In follow-up studies previously reported by Pfeffer, years after the termination of analysis, former analytic patients were seen sitting up, once a week, in analytic type interviews. Four general observations, relevant to the present discussion, were made:


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