Analysis of Transference and Countertransference

Analysis of Transference and Countertransference is the patient’s emotional response toward the therapist is often an indication of the patient’s relationship with a person who had been the center of the conflict. It may be negative or positive.


Counter Transference: The therapists’ emotional reaction toward the patient is also important. He may also start having positive or negative feelings for the patient.

• Transference is analyzed and understood as part of the therapeutic process  Criticism against Freudian Psychodynamic Theory

• There is no scientific proof that many psychodynamic constructs, e.g. unconscious, exist

Psychic Determinism: Freudian approach is deterministic and leaves not much room for conscious, rational, decision making or personal will to act

• It ignores the external variables and the environment

• It emphasizes the early childhood experiences too much

• Mostly criticized for its interpretation of the relationship between the genders

• The therapy is too time consuming and therefore expensive

That was all Analysis of Transference and Countertransference.

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