Thoughts on Transference Analysis in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

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Psychodyn Psychiatry. 2021 Summer;49(2):178-187. doi: 10.1521/pdps.2021.49.2.178.


Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP) represents a specific extension of psychoanalytic therapy for treatment of individuals with personality disorders, who may be helped without the more significant time investment required of a standard psychoanalysis. The treatment represents a contemporary formulation of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, updated in light of both empirical research and scientific developments in boundary fields close to the psychodynamic endeavor, particularly affective neuroscience and the psychology of couples and small groups. In TFP, the transference signifies the enactment in the here and now of a specific affective relationship between patient and therapist that reflects one aspect, defensive or impulsive, of a pathogenic dynamic unconscious conflict. This conflict needs to be analyzed, interpreted, and resolved. Various elements of transference analysis in TFP are discussed in this article.

PMID:34061654 | DOI:10.1521/pdps.2021.49.2.178

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