Roger Albert - Always a Sociologist: Now Living With Myeloma
Escape 24: So, where do we go from here?
At the end of Chapter 8 Becker has a short section on transference. Freud wrote a book on transference, a phenomenon he observed in clinical practice where a patient would transfer to his doctor feelings she once had towards her parents. Patients were quick to abandon their egos to the new power figure in their lives. Others, among them Adler, Rank, Jung and Fromm extended Freud’s observations. It’s because of them, Becker argues that “today we can say that transference is a reflex of the fatality of the human condition. Transference to a powerful other takes care of the overwhelmingness of the universe.” (p.127). Transference is an incredibly powerful impulse. How is it that “men were so sheeplike when they functioned in groups – how they abandoned their egos to the leader, identified with his powers just as they did once…
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