countertransference

noun
coun·​ter·​trans·​fer·​ence | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈfər-ən(t)s How to pronounce countertransference (audio) , -ˈtran(t)s-(ˌ)fər- \

Definition of countertransference

1 : psychological transference especially by a psychotherapist during the course of treatment especially : the psychotherapist's reactions to the patient's transference
2 : the complex of feelings of a psychotherapist toward the patient

First Known Use of countertransference

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Countertransference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countertransference. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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countertransference

noun
coun·​ter·​trans·​fer·​ence | \ ˌkau̇nt-ər-tran(t)s-ˈfər-ən(t)s, -ˈtran(t)s-(ˌ) How to pronounce countertransference (audio) \

Medical Definition of countertransference

1 : psychological transference especially by a psychotherapist during the course of treatment especially : the psychotherapist's reactions to the patient's transference
2 : the complex of feelings of a psychotherapist toward the patient

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