In psychoanalysis, the patient's tendency to react toward her analyst as she did originally toward her own parents (or other people central in her early life).
used in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, where the therapist acts out important experiences from the patients past.
The unconscious assignment to others of feelings and attitudes that were originally associated with important figures (parents, siblings, etc.) in one's early life. The transference relationship follows the pattern of its prototype. The psychiatrist utilizes this phenomenon as a therapeutic tool to help the patient understand emotional problems and their origins. In the patient-physician relationship, the transference may be negative (hostile) or positive (affectionate). See also countertransference.