Two excerpts from Sigmund Freud “Transference & Love’ & ‘Transference Neurosis’

by Julia Evans on June 22, 2018

Two quotes from the New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis’s bibliography for their 2018 Congress : See BIBLIOGRAPHY AND QUOTES : here :

Circulated in the newsletter of the NLS Congress 2018. This Congress will take place in Paris on June 30th and July 1st 2018. The theme : In a State of Transference – Wild, political, psychoanalytic.

From: NLS Congress 2018, Subject: NLS Congress 2018 – News from the Blog – 06/22/2018, Date: 22 June 2018 at 09:02:00 BST

Sigmund Freud: Transference Neurosis

Posted on June 19, 2018

But it became ever clearer that the aim which had been set up—the aim that what was unconscious should become conscious—is not completely attainable by that method. The patient cannot remember the whole of what is repressed in him, and what he cannot remember may be precisely the essential part of it. Thus he acquires no sense of conviction of the correctness of the construction that has been communicated to him. He is obliged to repeat the repressed material as a contemporary experience instead of, as the physician would prefer to see, remembering it as something belonging to the past.1 These reproductions, which emerge with such unwished-for exactitude, always have as their subject some portion of infantile sexual life—of the Oedipus complex, that is, and its derivatives; and they are invariably acted out in the sphere of the transference, of the patient’s relation to the physician. When things have reached this stage, it may be said that the earlier neurosis has now been replaced by a fresh, ‘transference neurosis’. It has been the physician’s endeavour to keep this transference neurosis within the narrowest limits: to force as much as possible into the channel of memory and to allow as little as possible to emerge as repetition. The ratio between what is remembered and what is reproduced varies from case to case. The physician cannot as a rule spare his patient this phase of the treatment. He must get him to re-experience some portion of his forgotten life, but must see to it, on the other hand, that the patient retains some degree of aloofness, which will enable him, in spite of everything, to recognize that what appears to be reality is in fact only a reflection of a forgotten past. If this can be successfully achieved, the patient’s sense of conviction is won, together with the therapeutic success that is dependent on it.

Freud, Sigmund. (1920). “Beyond the Pleasure Principle.” The Standard Edition, Volume XVIII, pp. 18-19.


Sigmund Freud: Transference and Love


Posted on June 10, 2018

I have not yet told you, Ladies and Gentlemen, of the most important of the observations which confirm our hypothesis of the sexual instinctual forces operating in neuroses. In every psycho-analytic treatment of a neurotic patient the strange phenomenon that is known as ‘transference’ makes its appearance. The patient, that is to say, directs towards the physician a degree of affectionate feeling (mingled, often enough, with hostility) which is based on no real relation between them and which—as is shown by every detail of its emergence—can only be traced back to old wishful phantasies of the patient’s which have become unconscious. Thus the part of the patient’s emotional life which he can no longer recall to memory is re-experienced by him in his relation to the physician; and it is only this re-experiencing in the ‘transference’ that convinces him of the existence and of the power of these unconscious sexual impulses. His symptoms, to take an analogy from chemistry, are precipitates of earlier experiences in the sphere of love (in the widest sense of the word), and it is only in the raised temperature of his experience of the transference that they can be resolved and reduced to other psychical products. In this reaction the physician, if I may borrow an apt phrase from Ferenczi1 plays the part of a catalytic ferment, which temporarily attracts to itself the affects liberated in the process.

Freud, S. (1910). “Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis.” The Standard Edition, Volume XI, pp. 50-51.


See also:

Does Psychoanalysis cure of transference? (an excerpt) : 2011 : Éric Laurent or here

La Troisième (The Third) : 1st November 1974 (Rome) : Jacques Lacan or here


Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


Further texts

Of the clinic : here

Lacanian Transmission : here

Some Lacanian History : here

Topology : here

From LW working groups : here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here