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What we talk about when we talk about transference

by Jean Rhodes Transference is what happens when someone redirects unconscious feelings about one person onto someone else. In mentoring, a mentee might redirect his or her feelings, such as anger/disappointment with a parent, frustration with a teacher, ambivalence toward an older sibling, etc. onto a mentor. Mentors, who are typically unschooled in the nuances […]

Alice Munro, transference, and mentoring relationships

In the wake of Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, we are re-posting an earlier piece on how her role modeling and kindness affected one young author. This piece also delves into the issue of transference, which we have discussed in previous posts.  by Jean Rhodes Transference is a “a jargony way to […]