Your thoughts transfer to others… (Neville Goddard)

Transference is when someone redirects their feelings about one person onto someone else. During a therapy session, it usually refers to a person transferring their feelings about someone else onto their therapist. Countertransference is when a therapist transfers feelings onto the patient. Both transference and countertransference usually happen unconsciously.
This phenomenon was first described by the founder of modern psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, in 1895. ‌In psychotherapy, there is positive and negative transference. With positive transference, the person receiving therapy redirects positive qualities onto the therapist. They may see the therapist as caring or helpful. With negative transference, the person receiving therapy transfers negative qualities onto the therapist. Transference-focused therapy is used to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other personality disorders. It uses the relationship between you and your therapist as a window into your sense of self. When the intense emotions that often accompany personality disorders arise in therapy, the therapist will encourage you to explore your experience as it is associated with the relationship.
For example, if your mood suddenly shifts during a therapy session, your therapist may ask you about what they noticed in your own internal world. They may also ask you about what you observed in their behavior.
https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/what-is-transference

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