The Transference Phenomenon

Is Transference Playing Havoc with Your Relationships?

Martin O'Toole
ILLUMINATION
Published in
3 min readJan 18, 2024

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Ever find yourself reacting strongly to someone — you’re triggered — and it feels like déjà vu?

Have you considered that maybe it’s not about them but about someone from your past?

This phenomenon might be what’s known in therapeutic terms as “transference”.

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Martin O'Toole
ILLUMINATION

Psychedelic integration coach and counsellor, How To Die Happy author, podcaster, and mental health advocate writing about healing and the Anatomy of Happy.