Definition of transference in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of transferring something or the process of being transferred.

    ‘education involves the transference of knowledge’
    • ‘I can see to it that the transference process occurs gradually for it will take years, for one to become accustomed to such extraordinary levels of pure energy.’
    • ‘It's called transference, and it's very dangerous, particularly when you have large corporations.’
    • ‘These two polymorphic processes function as a complex relation of reciprocal transference.’
    • ‘I suspect a certain attitude to asylum-seekers (‘they've come here to sponge’ etc.) is actually a form of transference.’
    • ‘At many a public meeting we constantly warned of the dangers of product transference and that we would not lose money but in fact could make more.’
    • ‘But after each discussion and transference and cameras parameters change one has to do recalculation, calculate and compare several variants of cameras placement.’
    • ‘But researchers were divided as to whether trait transference is an automatic process, or the result of ‘birds of a feather flock together’ logic.’
    • ‘The change, energy, process, and transference accounts converge in treating connection in terms of process: causing is physical producing.’
    • ‘Other explanations for the presence of the particles were possible - for instance, physical transference by people moving about the house after the shooting, he said.’
    • ‘The gene transference involves the use of a vector carrier which can be a plasmid or a virus.’
    • ‘Good risk management practice incorporates several possible strategies: avoidance, transference, mitigation, or acceptance.’
    • ‘This transference was regarded as a right of conquest, but the excuse was sometimes offered that the artists concerned were of German origin.’
    • ‘And I'm not too stupid to realise this is all transference.’
    • ‘The transference of the permanent use rights of the water is valued at 200 million yuan and is believed to be the first deal of its kind on the Chinese mainland.’
    • ‘The contact with that unconscious process, either by transference or other manifestations, may be the most important lesson in psychodynamic supervision.’
    • ‘It must be some kind of transference, so the studio guys think that they're geniuses, too, for discovering them.’
    • ‘I am not saying that transference of authority is always inappropriate.’
    • ‘The eggs' original DNA was removed and replaced with the samples from the volunteers, a process called nuclear transference that was pioneered by the team that made Dolly the sheep.’
    • ‘According to Lockard's principle, when there is confrontation between two people, supposedly there is also some transference of one kind of material or another.’
    • ‘And again, when you find something from a body that has been affixed or in some way attached to something else, then questions arise, how might there have been transference?’
    movement, move, moving, shifting, shift, handover, relocation, repositioning, transplant, redirection, conveyance, transferral, removal, change, changeover, switch, conversion
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    1. 1.1Psychoanalysis The redirection to a substitute, usually a therapist, of emotions that were originally felt in childhood (in a phase of analysis called transference neurosis)
      ‘therapy is aided by the patient's transference to the analyst as mother’
      • ‘Most psychoanalysts recognize this principle as valid, more especially since analysis of transference became so central a concern of psychoanalytic treatment.’
      • ‘The less we know someone, the more likely we are to engage in what psychologists know as transference - the tendency to project our desires and fears onto another person.’
      • ‘The regressive effect of trauma often gives rise to a transference that associates the therapist with victimhood, shame and demanding assumptions.’
      • ‘Freudians call this transference and countertransference, of course.’
      • ‘The less we know someone, the more likely we are to engage in what therapists call transference, the tendency to project our desires or fears onto another person.’
      • ‘Freud said that in treatment the neurosis with its particular symptomatology converts into the transference neurosis and that the patient is then cured through the dissolution of this neurosis.’