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Transference in Conjoint Treatment of Married Couples

Clifford J. Sager, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(2):185-193. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730200053008.
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THE TREATMENT of married couples in joint and individual sessions by the same therapist opens to study many fascinating theoretical and technical considerations. The most significant, perhaps, are of two sorts: first, those that relate to the way in which transference to the therapist is affected; second, the manner of utilization for constructive change of the different foci of transference as they become apparent.

Greene and Solomon1 have delineated various types of transference transactions that occur in concurrent therapy, that is, when husband and wife are seen in separate sessions by the same therapist. In addition to those which occur in dyadic relationships, triangular transference transactions emerge in concurrent psychoanalytic therapy. These are said to be of two types: the triangular transference neurosis, as, for example, reproduction of the oedipal constellation; and the triangular transference transactions related to adaptive feedbacks not only toward


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