Page 2 of 2 The mundus imaginalis The mundus imaginalis, the imaginal world, is a term employed by Henry Corbin, the French philosopher and scholar of Islam Corbin,
Transference is a phenomenon in psychology characterized by unconscious redirection of feelings of one person to another. For instance, one could mistrust so…mebody who resembles an ex-spouse in manners, voice or external appearance; or be overly compliant to someone who resembles a childhood friend.
Counter-transference is defined as redirection of a therapist's feelings toward a client, or more generally as a therapist's emotional entanglement with a client. Transference is often manifested as an erotic attraction towards a therapist.
It's also common for people to transfer feelings from their parents to their partners emotional incest or to children cross-generational entanglements.
Some therapists become confused between clients and intimate partners. Only in a personally or socially harmful context can transference be described as a pathological issue.
Bernstein, in which the abuser not only transfers negative feelings directed towards their abuser to the victim, but also transfers the power and dominance of their own abuser to themselves.
While his father was away in WWII, Cole's mother engaged in several extra-marital affairs, forcing Cole to watch, and later beat him to ensure that he would not alert his father.
Cole would later come to murder many women whom he considered "loose", and those in general who reminded him of his mother. The theory was developed by Sigmund Freud and further refined by his daughter Anna Freud.
The principle of projection is well-established in psychology. Instead of admitting to herself that she feels dislike for Bob, she projects her dislike onto Bob, so that her conscious thought is not "I don't like Bob," but "Bob doesn't like me.
Alice has denied a part of herself that is desperate to come to the surface. She can't flatly admit that she doesn't like Bob, so instead she will project the dislike, thinking Bob doesn't like her.
Another, and an ironic, example is if Alice were to say, "Bob seems to project his feelings onto me. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. We project our own unpleasant feelings onto someone else and blame them for having thoughts that we really have.
It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits.
Thus the cheat is sure that everyone else is dishonest.This mention of the term ‘transference’ undoubtedly contains the central element of the later concept: a former, usually unconscious wish or wishful idea directed at a primary object gets separated from it and is then connected with a new, actual object.
Again, the element that signals the presence of a significant degree of transference is the degree of irrationality and "lack of fit" for the particular situation. A weak and unhelpful alliance also happens if the therapist is overly structured, perhaps uses inappropriate self-disclosure, insensitively maintains silence, or is too intense in their interpretation of any transference in the room.
"Counter-transference" is the specific reaction in the psychotherapist, triggered by the patients transference but mixed up with the own unconscious internal world of the psychotherapist and his or her own early wishes toward the parents.
Or to put it still another way, how relevant remain the concepts of transference, counter- transference, participant observation and real relationship in the light of this new shift of vision regarding the interaction and its significance in the patient-analyst dyad?
Describe the transference-countertransference element of the therapeutic relationship An examination of the development of transference and counter.