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a transference reaction of a psychoanalyst or other psychotherapist to a patient; that is, an emotional reaction that is generally a reflection of the therapist's own inner needs and conflicts but also may be a reaction to the client's behavior.
In psychoanalysis, the analyst's transference (often unconscious) to the patient of emotional needs and conflicts from the analyst's past experiences or the analyst's current emotional responses to the manifestation of the patient's transference.
countertransference/coun·ter·trans·fer·ence/ (koun″ter-trans-fer´ens) a transference reaction of a psychoanalyst or other psychotherapist to a patient.
Psychological transference by a psychotherapist in reaction to the emotions, experiences, or problems of a patient undergoing treatment.
the conscious or unconscious emotional response of a psychotherapist or psychoanalyst to a patient. The response may be positive or negative but can provide useful data in the therapy.
psychoanalysis The analyst's transference (often unconscious) toward the patient of the analyst's emotional needs and feelings, with personal involvement to the detriment of the desired objective analyst-patient relationship.