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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A psychotherapist's own repressed feelings in reaction to the emotions, experiences, or problems of a person undergoing treatment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The transference of a therapist's own unconscious feelings to his or her patient; unconscious or instinctive emotion felt towards the patient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the psychoanalyst's displacement of emotion onto the patient or more generally the psychoanalyst's emotional involvement in the therapeutic interaction


From counter- + transference. (Wiktionary)


  • The feelings summoned up in the therapist by the patient are called countertransference.

    Shrink Dreams

  • Freud used the term countertransference to refer to the therapist's emotional responses to a patient during psychotherapy.

    Gary W. Small, M.D.: Falling in Love With Your Psychiatrist

  • Being aware of the reason for the countertransference was a major step forward.

    Shrink Dreams

  • An effective therapist has the capacity for empathy and will experience countertransference feelings, but should not allow them to interfere with the therapy.

    Gary W. Small, M.D.: Falling in Love With Your Psychiatrist

  • In fact, for psychiatrists who maintain perspective on these reactions and their distortions, countertransference offers an important opportunity to explore the patient's inner emotional world.

    Gary W. Small, M.D.: Falling in Love With Your Psychiatrist

  • Without getting fancy here, this is the bread and butter of the therapeutic relationship: the patients's reactions, (transference) and the analyst's or therapist's reactions (countertransference) to the patient.

    Donna Fish: Supreme Consciousness

  • I remember my countertransference at that time, my horror at the thought, my admiration of the patient, and my doubts about his judgment.

    Dr. Leo Rangell: Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border; Part 1

  • In the journal Foundations of Physics in 2002, physicists Harald Atmanspacher and Hartmann Römer, along with Walach, described an example of “Weak-Quantum Theory” in psychotherapy, specifically in the phenomenon of transference.27 Transference refers to instances in which a client projects his or her problems onto the therapist, and countertransference to when the therapist projects his or her own issues back onto the client.


  • Where, as one wise elder in ministry --a snazzy woman by the way-- reminded me, transference and countertransference operate just as much as in a therapist's office, but in much more tricky and diffuse ways, precisely because you're not inside a 50-minute hours.

    Strictly Entre Nous

  • I guess, what with her history and all, she brings out these fatherly feelings of countertransference in me.

    The Position


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