December 1973

An Experimental Examination of Transference

Author Affiliations

From the Psychoanalytic Research Group of the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(6):738-741. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200060024003

Tape-recorded psychoanalytic segments were scored for transference. Judges identified material as transference in proportion to its object-directed affective content, particularly when the affect was negative and ambivalently expressed and the object was the analyst.

There was little explicit reference to distortion in attitude or reflection of the past and no differentiation was made between transference and the working alliance.