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Myers, W.A. (1980). A Transference Dream with Superego Implications. Psychoanal Q., 49:284-307.

(1980). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 49:284-307

A Transference Dream with Superego Implications

Wayne A. Myers, M.D.


A type of transference dream is described in which the male analyst is transformed into a woman. For male patients, this transformation of the threatening father-analyst into the protective maternal figure appears to mitigate the threat of castration for incestuous oedipal wishes. For female patients, the substitution of the maternal figure seems to serve as a wishful undoing of narcissistic mortifications to the young girl's emerging sense of femininity and sexuality suffered at the father's hands during the oedipal years. Maternal and paternal contributions to superego formation are discussed, as is the relative importance of oedipal narcissistic traumata and penis envy.

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