BLANK SCREEN

n. in psychoanalysis, refers to a figurative screen upon which a patient tries to project his or her innermost feelings and fantasies. As an inanimate object, the screen is perceived as empty, passive, and neutral. Therefore, it becomes an objective venue for venting emotions during the transference process.

BLANK SCREEN: "A blank screen literally allows a patient to work on a clean slate and proceed with projecting innermost thoughts and feelings onto an object and not a person."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BLANK SCREEN," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/blank-screen/ (accessed November 28, 2020).
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