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Blechner, M.J. (2009). Erotic and Antierotic Transference. Contemp. Psychoanal., 45(1):82-92.

(2009). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 45(1):82-92

Erotic and Antierotic Transference

Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D.

We speak of erotic transference not only when the patient “falls in love” with the analyst. It includes all reactions of the patient to the analyst's bodily presence. It also may include the patient's being unattracted or repulsed by the analyst, which is the “antierotic” transference. The exploration of erotic transference can be stymied by “tranposition interpretations” in which the analyst says, in effect, “You don't really feel that way toward me but are displacing feelings you had toward someone in your past.” If the erotic transference is explored more than in-terepreted, the patient may learn invaluable information about his or her particular pattern of erotic feeling and experience.

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