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transference (Gestalt)

- in psychoanalysis, the intense affective relationship between the client and the therapist, which to some extent recreates an attitude lived out during childhood: transference neurosis is the main force behind cure. In Gestalt, many spontaneous tranferential phenomena can, of course, be found. These are explored as they occur. The therapist does not artificially develop transference neurosis which creates a dependence on the therapist.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.

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