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Chertoff, J.M. (1989). Negative Oedipal Transference of a Male Patient to his Female Analyst During the Termination Phase. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 37:687-713.

(1989). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 37:687-713

Negative Oedipal Transference of a Male Patient to his Female Analyst During the Termination Phase

Judith M. Chertoff, M.D.


There has been some debate in the literature concerning the ability of the male patient to experience his paternal, and particularly negative oedipal, transference feelings directly toward his female analyst. In this context, the author describes paternal transference manifestations evident throughout her male patient's analysis, and presents detailed process material from the termination phase. At this time the patient's obsessional neurosis was revived in the context of setting a termination date, and transference to the negative oedipal father could be clearly demonstrated. The paper illustrates that even the negative oedipal component of the paternal transference can be experienced directly in the male patient/female analyst dyad, and interpretation of this material can bring it into clearer focus. The author discusses some possible influences of her sex on the timing and intensity of the material.

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