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The dynamics of transference

Freud, Sigmund 1912b, 'The dynamics of transference', SE 12: 97-108.

'… transference is connected with "prototypes" or imagos (chiefly the imago of the father, but also of the mother, brother, etc.): the doctor is inserted "into one of the psychical 'series' which the patient has already formed".' [Laplanche, quoting 1912b, SE 12: 100]

'… it is particularly hard to admit the repressed wish when this acknowledgement has to be made to the very person the wish concerns. [Laplanche, referring to 1912b, SE 12: 104]

It is on that field that the victory must be won […]. It cannot be disputed that controlling the phenomena of transference presents the psycho-analyst with the greatest difficulties. But is should not be forgotten that it is precisely they that do us the inestimable service of making the patient's hidden and forgotten erotic impulses immediate and manifest. For when all is said an done, it is impossible to destroy anyone in absentia or in effigie. 108

This transference alike in its positive and negative form is used as weapon by the resistance; but in the hands of the physician it becomes the most powerful therapeutic instrument and it plays a part scarcely to be over-estimated in the dynamics of the process of cure.' 1923a, Two encyclopædia articles, SE 18: 247.

And indeed Freud does sometimes explain the emergences of the transference in terms of "a compromise between [the] demands [of the resistance] and those of the work of investigation. [1912b, SE 12: 103]


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