Unconscious displacements in college teacher and student relationships: Conceptualizing, identifying, and managing transference Article

cited authors

  • Robertson, DL

fiu authors


  • Transference is an unconscious displacement of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors from a previous significant relationship onto a current relationship - a phenomenon that teachers and students both enact with each other, sometimes resulting in a dramatic intensification of those relationships. Transference can pertain importantly to understanding and managing the complex, dynamic, intersubjective system that constitutes the educational helping relationship. Based on an analysis of over 350 items in the college teaching and transference literatures, this article provides: (a) a conceptual foundation for understanding transference, (b) 15 indicators of its possible occurrence, and (c) 9 recommendations for its effective management. © 1999 Human Sciences Press, Inc.

publication date

  • January 1, 1999

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start page

  • 151

end page

  • 169


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