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Makari, G.J. (1994). In the Eye of the Beholder: Helmholtzian Perception and the Origins of Freud's 1900 Theory of Transference. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:549-580.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:549-580

In the Eye of the Beholder: Helmholtzian Perception and the Origins of Freud's 1900 Theory of Transference

George J. Makari, M.D.

ABSTRACT

Freud's 1900 theory of transference was indebted to the convergence of philosophy and physiology found in nineteenth-century theories of visual perception. The author maps out the post-Kantian philosophical and German physiological currents that gave rise to Hermann von Helmholtz's influential work on perception, and proposes that Freud's 1900 theory of transference was a creative synthesis of novel notions like unconscious wishing and psychic defense with a Helmholtzian model of visual illusion.

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