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Greenson, R.R. (1954). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XVII, 1953: A Type of Transference to Institutions. Norman Reider. Pp. 58-63.. Psychoanal Q., 23:304.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XVII, 1953: A Type of Transference to Institutions. Norman Reider. Pp. 58-63.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:304

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XVII, 1953: A Type of Transference to Institutions. Norman Reider. Pp. 58-63.

Ralph R. Greenson

Dr. Reider presents some interesting observations from his experience in psychiatric clinics. He found a group of patients who seemed to develop a stable transference to the institution of the clinic rather than to any individual therapist. Many of these were schizoid characters who could react more personally to the impersonal institution and were relatively more impersonal to their personal therapist. Reider believes that such patients attribute to the medical institution the magical power and benevolent greatness they once attributed to a parental figure. One sees similar reactions in students who displace their feelings for a scientific leader onto the institution of learning. This kind of reaction is more likely to occur in private or benevolent agencies than it is in government or business organizations. Apparently the inanimate structure, the clinic, is more reliable and dependable than human beings are. One participates in the greatness of the institution which has become the object of idealization and identification.

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Greenson, R.R. (1954). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XVII, 1953. Psychoanal. Q., 23:304

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