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Waugaman, R.M. (2003). The Analyst's Caseload as a Family: Transferences to Fellow Patients. Psychoanal Q., 72(3):575-614.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72(3):575-614

The Analyst's Caseload as a Family: Transferences to Fellow Patients

Richard M. Waugaman, M.D.

This article draws attention to a topic that has been mostly ignored in our literature: the manifold transference meanings of our patients' reactions to our other patients. Central aspects of the patient's transference may be displaced onto the analyst's other patients. The author includes clinical examples of hospitalized patients, where such transferences to other patients are often more dramatic and obvious, as well as examples from neurotic patients, where such transferences may be less dramatic and may tend to resolve more readily through interpretation. The displacement of transference feelings onto the analyst's other patients also has important implications for training analyses, where analysands are likely to have multiple relationships with the analyst's other analysands, supervisees, and students.

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