Transference In Social Care Practice

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Introduction

According to Walsh(2014)social care practitioners invest a great deal of themselves within the work they carry out. The use of self is intended to develop understanding of others and that being self-aware leads to effective use of self and in turn good social care practice .In social care we often use different concepts and theories as tools to help explain human behavior. Social care practitioners can gain useful insights from considering many psychoanalytical theories as they enable us to explore many unconscious internal mechanisms( Walsh 2014).

Transference A Freudian concept that has been proven to be useful and beneficial in exploring a client’s behavior and unexplored feelings is that of defense mechanisms (Maltby, Day ,and Macaskill 2010).Defense mechanisms are meant to protect an individual from unpleasant thoughts and emotions .According to the Freudian theory a defense mechanism is a tactic developed by the ego to protect against anxiety. Defence mechanisms are thought to safeguard the mind against feelings and thoughts that are too difficult for the conscious mind to cope with. (Maltby, Day ,and Macaskill 2010).
The concept of transference is beneficial within social care as it enables social care practitioners to be able to work with clients feelings and reactions in order to help the client begin to understand them and deal with them more effectively (Weiner 2009). While working with clients they may transfer a wide range of different
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