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Gabbard, G.O. (2001). Cyberpassion: E-Rotic Transference on the Internet. Psychoanal Q., 70(4):719-737.

(2001). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 70(4):719-737

Cyberpassion: E-Rotic Transference on the Internet

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

While psychoanalysis has generally been regarded as “the talking cure,” written communication from patient to analyst commonly appears within the analytic setting. In our electronic age, e-mail communications from patient to analyst have become commonplace. This paper describes a case of erotic transference conveyed primarily through e-mail messages, and discusses their multiple meanings as an enactment. The unique features of e-mail communication are explored and contrasted with verbal discourse in the analytic dyad.

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