Definition of transference in English:

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transference

Pronunciation: /ˈtransf(ə)r(ə)ns/
/ˈtrɑːnsf(ə)r(ə)ns/ /ˈtranzf(ə)r(ə)ns/ /ˈtrɑːnzf(ə)r(ə)ns/

noun

[mass noun]
1The action of transferring something or the process of being transferred: education involves the transference of knowledge
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  • The eggs' original DNA was removed and replaced with the samples from the volunteers, a process called nuclear transference that was pioneered by the team that made Dolly the sheep.
  • The gene transference involves the use of a vector carrier which can be a plasmid or a virus.
  • But researchers were divided as to whether trait transference is an automatic process, or the result of ‘birds of a feather flock together’ logic.
1.1 Psychoanalysis The redirection to a substitute, usually a therapist, of emotions that were originally felt in childhood (in a phase of analysis called transference neurosis): therapy is aided by the patient’s transference to the analyst as mother
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  • Freud said that in treatment the neurosis with its particular symptomatology converts into the transference neurosis and that the patient is then cured through the dissolution of this neurosis.
  • The less we know someone, the more likely we are to engage in what therapists call transference, the tendency to project our desires or fears onto another person.
  • The regressive effect of trauma often gives rise to a transference that associates the therapist with victimhood, shame and demanding assumptions.

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