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transference and countertransference in family therapy

In introducing the concepts of transference and countertransference, Freud (1905, 1912) drew upon experience in psychoanalysis, in which human relationships were perceived in a new way. Derived from observations in the dyadic interactional setting of psychoanalysis, these concepts change and expand if applied to observations in the setting of family therapy. Minimally, it becomes necessary to differentiate between transfamilial and intrafamilial transference.

Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)