Pseudo-transference in interracial psychotherapy: An operant paradigm Academic Article uri icon


  • Justifiable, defensive reactions of the black client in psychotherapy often are triggered by unconscious racist behaviors and stereotyped attitudes in the white therapist. Paradoxically, the therapist may misinterpret and label this pseudo-transference phenomenon on the part of the black client as pathological. An operant paradigm is employed to illustrate this sequential interaction. Implications in four critical areas are discussed: theory explication, research methodology, assessment models, and graduate training. © 1985 Human Sciences Press.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ridley, C. R.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • March 1985