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A sympathetic or harmonious relationship or state of mutual understanding. The word was introduced into psychology by the Viennese physician Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), and the French psychologist and neurologist Pierre Janet (1859–1947) confined its meaning specifically to the relationship between a hypnotist and a hypnotized subject; then Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) eventually widened its meaning and described it as the prototype (2) of the transference. [From French rapporter to bring back, from re- again + aporter to carry to, from Latin apportare to bring to, from ad to + portare to bring or carry]

Subjects: Psychology.

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