Unfolding the Self: what does transference show?

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


In a series of technical texts from the fist decade of the 20th century, beginning with 1905’s A case of hysteria, Freud’s clinical theory points out the phenomenon of transference, as being simultaneously the main therapeutic “tool” of the psychoanalytic process and its most difficult obstacle. To consider transference is to consider, once again, the fact that otherness is a fundamental constituent of selfhood as the self is constituently relational. But to say so, is not enough. Transference is a relation out of time. Actually in-actual. In the German language, Freud calls it Ubertragung, which is also a transmission, an application, or a contagion. The verb of the same family is Ubertragen, whose meaning is quite the same as the one of the ancient Greek metaphérô: to bear something from a place to another, to bear elsewhere, or in another sense, to move from a place or a field to another, to bear with one self to another place. The substantive that goes with this verb in Greek is metaphora. Metaphor. And what is “metaphorized”, what is bore from a place to another, what is it that contaminates the clinical relation by transference?
Period3 Oct 2010
Event titleThe Sixth International Conference on Dialogical Self
Event typeConference
LocationAthens, GreeceShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Freud
  • Transference
  • Selfhood
  • Metaphors
  • Dialogical Self
  • Intertextuality