Transference in everyday experience

Implications of experimental research for relevant clinical phenomena

Susan M. Andersen, Michele S. Berk

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Experimental research examining the clinical concept of transference (S. Freud, 1912/1958; H. S. Sullivan, 1953) using a social-cognitive model has demonstrated that mental representations of significant others are stored in memory and can be activated and applied in new social encounters, with consequences for cognition, evaluation, affect, motivation, expectancies, and self-evaluations (S. M. Andersen & N. S. Glassman, 1996; S. M. Andersen, I. Reznik, & S. Chen, 1997). These findings constitute an empirical demonstration of transference in everyday social relations and suggest that transference is a normal, nonpathological process, occurring both inside and outside of psychotherapy, following basic rules of social information processing. In this article, clinical implications of this research are discussed, including how the content versus process of transference may contribute to maladaptive transference responses and the potential value of identifying triggering cues in transference in real life and in therapy, to promote more adaptive responding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-120
Number of pages40
JournalReview of General Psychology
Volume2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998

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Transference in everyday experience : Implications of experimental research for relevant clinical phenomena. / Andersen, Susan M.; Berk, Michele S.

In: Review of General Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 1, 03.1998, p. 81-120.

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