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Correspondences and thought-transference during psychoanalysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3403334     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Correspondences, when the analyst has not verbalized his disturbed thoughts and they appear in the patient's spoken associations during analytic treatment, are not due to a single cause. Rather, they occur under a variety of circumstances: chance, coincidence, communication through sensory stimuli and perceptions, sometimes of extraordinary subtlety; or possibly thought-transference. Even if the latter possibility were doubted, the correspondence still may have usefulness as a finding of significance for the treatment process itself. It may alert the analyst to repressive forces directed toward the mix of his disturbing thoughts (reality derived), residues of old conflict areas that these have activated, even if transiently, and also to the current state of his countertransference. Utilizing the patient's associations will increase the analyst's awareness and facilitate the latter's quickly working through of these elements. This will favor progress of treatment. As for the question of thought-transference, preliminary findings suggest that the conditions under which it seems to occur involve the simultaneity of (1) the analyst's tendency to repress disturbing thoughts (including activated infantile residuals) because of guilt at being distracted and (2) qualitatively similar conflictual themes emerging from repression in the patient's unconscious. It raises the question as to whether extrasensory communication is between the unconscious of the two persons involved, occurring at a time when two opposite forces--repression in the analyst and modification of repression of qualitatively similar idea-complexes in the patient--are operative. The subject of correspondences and thought-transference in psychoanalytic treatment requires further study.
S Silverman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0090-3604     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Psychoanal     Publication Date:  1988 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-09-19     Completed Date:  1988-09-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505570     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychoanal     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, Brookline, MA.
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MeSH Terms
Depressive Disorder / psychology
Free Association
Hypochondriasis / psychology
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology
Personality Disorders / psychology
Psychoanalytic Theory
Psychoanalytic Therapy*
Transference (Psychology)*
Verbal Behavior*

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