Questioning the Sacred Cow of the Transference

  • Esther Menaker
Part of the The Springer Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


As we know, the transference is the sacred cow of the psychoanalytic treatment method. Since I have always been skeptical about sacred cows, I thought it worthwhile to examine this one and to question some of the premises that the psychoanalytic world has taken for granted.


Personality Disorder Analytic Situation Transference Relationship Repetition Compulsion Unrequited Love 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esther Menaker
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  1. 1.New York University Postdoctoral ProgramNew YorkUSA

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