Definition of Countertransference

1. Noun. The psychoanalyst's displacement of emotion onto the patient or more generally the psychoanalyst's emotional involvement in the therapeutic interaction.

Generic synonyms: Transference



Definition of Countertransference

1. Noun. (psychotherapy) The transference of a therapist's own unconscious feelings to his or her patient; unconscious or instinctive emotion felt towards the patient. ¹

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Medical Definition of Countertransference

1. The psychiatrist's conscious or unconscious emotional reaction to his patient. (12 Dec 1998)

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countertransference (current term)
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Literary usage of Countertransference

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1. The Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Prevention and Treatment of by Marilyn S. Peterson (1995)
"A therapist's countertransference reactions may be generated by an aspect ... countertransference is significant in any therapeutic context because it can ..."

2. Correctional Psychology: Practice, Programming, and Administrationby Barbara K. Schwartz by Barbara K. Schwartz (2003)
"See countertransference duty to protect and, 6-8—6-9 duty to warn, ... 4-11 in transference/countertransference, 3-9—3-li Tranquilizers, 15-18 Transference, ..."

3. Treatment For Abused And Neglected Children: Infancy To Age 18 by Cynthia Winn (2004)
"countertransference is defined as the therapist's reactions (feelings, ... A therapist's countertransference reactions may be generated by an aspect of the ..."

4. Assessment and Treatment of Patients With Coexisting Mental Illness and by Richard Ries (1996)
"countertransference refers to distortions in the therapeutic process due ... Both transference and countertransference rely on the mechanism of projection. ..."

5. Reflective Practice: Psychodynamic Ideas in the Community by Leslie Swartz, Kerry Gibson, Tamara Gelman (2002)
"These conceptualisations complicate the previously easy labelling of feelings experienced by the therapist as being countertransference feelings. ..."

6. Assisted Suicide edited by Michael Bilirakis (1998)
"Doctors receive little training in recognizing unconscious dynamic factors arising from transference and countertransference. They depend on role clarity ..."

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