trans·fer·ence (trăns-fûrəns, trănsfər-əns)
a. The act or process of transferring.
b. The fact of being transferred.
2. The process by which emotions and desires originally associated with one person, such as a parent or sibling, are unconsciously shifted to another person, especially to a psychotherapist or psychoanalyst during a course of treatment.
trans′fer·ential (trăns′fə-rĕnshəl) adj.
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