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Definition of "countertransference" []

  • A psychotherapist's own repressed feelings in reaction to the emotions, experiences, or problems of a person undergoing treatment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "countertransference" in a sentence
  • "The feelings summoned up in the therapist by the patient are called countertransference."
  • "Freud used the term countertransference to refer to the therapist's emotional responses to a patient during psychotherapy."
  • "Being aware of the reason for the countertransference was a major step forward."