A Counter-Theory of Transference



The article presents a sharp and debatable vision of the traditional concepts of psychotherapy: transference and countertransference and the problem field, which they come from. The author, J. M. Shlien – a follower and colleague of Karl Rogers - offers his reconstruction of the history of ideas about transference and proposes a new theory to explain the specific phenomena in relations between the therapist and the client which were once discovered by S.Freud. J.M. Shlien is a well-known psychologist, has worked in the Harward University for many years, he is an author of many influential books on counseling psychology.

General Information

Keywords: transference, countertransference, psychoanalysis, client-centered psychotherapy, «original experience»

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Shlien J.M. A Counter-Theory of Transference. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2010. Vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 25–59. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

John M. Shlien, A student, colleague and friend of Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago from the late 1940s, John Shlien moved to Harvard University in 1967 as Professor of Education and Counseling Psychology. Although dedicated to ‘pure’ Client-Centered Therapy, his career was marked by interdisciplinary projects at Harvard including the Robert W. White School and the Clinical Psychology and Public Practice program., USA



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