I chose for my dissertation the topic of Transference and its Significance in Brief Psychoanalysis with a view to introducing some brief psychoanalytical sessions into my general practice. A problem arose almost immediately. The term transference as understood by the general practitioner is far more limited in its application than it is in psychoanalysis. It became necessary to acquaint myself with its use in analysis and for this I relied heavily on Greenson's excellent text. It became clear that transference was one of the most, if not the most important, topics in psychoanalysis. At this point I realised that it would not be possible to do justice to the vast volume of literature on brief psychoanalysis. For this reason, I confined myself to Alexander and French, whose text I was first introduced to some twenty-five years ago and on whose theories most later research is based. Again, I do not apologise for leaning heavily on this text. That my conclusions differed considerably from those I expected, leads me to suspect that my original intentions of integrating psychoanalysis into general practice may not be possible. However, it is also possible that such a hypothesis requires far more detailed research than the framework of this study allows. It is also possible that transference should not be researched on its own but in conjunction with the other theories that are applied to an analysis.