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In psychoanalysis, negative transference is a form of transference in which the client experiences hostile feelings toward the therapist which is interpreted as due to the operation of the defence mechanism of displacement which transfers these hostile feelings from significant others in the persons past, usually this is taken to be the parents.[1]

It is important to note that the patient may have negative feelings towards the therapist for other reasons, and skilled therapists take this into account.

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  1. Coleman,A F (2006). Oxford Dictionary of Psychology, 2nd ed. Oxford:OUP.