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Stefana, A. (2017). Erotic Transference. Brit. J. Psychother., 33(4):505-513.

(2017). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 33(4):505-513

Erotic Transference

Alberto Stefana

This article presents some reflections on the delicate and complex phenomenon of erotic transference (and of correlated countertransference issues), a particular form of transference that compels the subject to convert the object into an erotic phantasy. It must be noted that the adjective ‘erotic’ is a bridge concept between ‘pleasurable’ and ‘sexual’. It follows that erotic transference can have various tonalities that range from loving to sexualized and from a dream state (benign) to a drugged or delusional state (malignant). Some writers distinguish between various types of erotic transference, which, however, can be placed on the ‘pleasurable↔sexual’ continuum, and which can in turn be superimposed onto the ‘preoedipal↔oedipal’ dimension.

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