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The concepts of transference and countertransference in medical settings: a modern understanding
  • Luis Armando Centeno-GándaraOrcid
Luis Armando Centeno-Gándara
Orcid
Hospital Universitario Dr Jose Eleuterio Gonzalez
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Abstract

Transference and countertransference phenomena are present in every physician–patient interaction. The aim of this text is to present the concepts of transference and countertransference found in daily non-psychiatric clinical practice and some possible interventions addressing these phenomena that could improve the clinician´s work with his or her patients. To render understandable the concepts of transference and countertransference, first the basic psychological concepts from which they emerge will be presented. Modern medicine has been losing its humane aspects and the quality of the physician-patient relationship. Recognition of the phenomena of transference and countertransference could be used to face this dehumanization crisis.