Transference and the Corrective Emotional Relationship: New Perspectives on the Change Process

Panel discussion (in English) with

Richard D. Lane

Hanna Levenson and

Stephan Doering


Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 19 h

Library of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum


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One of Freud’s greatest discoveries was “transference”, the phenomenon in which patients have emotional responses and interactions with the analyst that unknowingly reenact relationships with caregivers earlier in life. Another of his major discoveries was “memory retranscription” (Umschrift), the fact that memories of past experiences are not fixed but change with relevant new experiences, particularly ones that are emotionally potent. When it is considered that transference is an expression of memories from past relationships, and that these memories can be updated with new emotional experiences in treatment, we have a new way of thinking about how change occurs.

This panel discussion will begin with a brief overview by Richard Lane describing how transference and recurrent patterns can be understood in light of modern neuroscience concepts such as “predictive processing”. Next, Hanna Levenson will describe how interactions with patients in the “here and now” in psychodynamic psychotherapy can create change and will illustrate such interactions with video clips from sessions with a real patient. Then, Stephan Doering will discuss the relevance of these same phenomena in the context of high frequency (intensive) psychoanalysis. The speakers will address what is known and not known about how to make these modalities as effective and as efficient as possible with the goal of producing changes in adaptation that can potentially last a lifetime. Emphasis will be placed on how modern neuroscientific research can potentially advance knowledge and contribute to improvements in clinical care.


Richard D. Lane, M.D., Ph.D.
Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer in Psychoanalysis
Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ USA

Hanna Levenson, Ph.D.
Professor, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA USA

Stephan Doering, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
The Medical University of Vienna


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