The Anchoring and Adjustment Heuristic Copy the two multiplication problems listed below on separate pieces of paper. Show Problem A to at least five friends, and show Problem B to….
“If you were to anticipate a transference reaction toward a supervisor based on someone from your own past, who would the most likely person be?” “Why?”
Although transference is conceived to be largely an unconscious process, each of us has certain individuals in our lives who have represented influential authority figures in the past. Parents or guardians are perhaps the most likely to have filled this role, but others, such as older siblings, relatives, friends, or teachers, could also be such figures. The point of this exercise is not to circumvent the transference by trying to deal with it before it arises. Rather, it is to introduce a process of reflection and an understanding of transference that may be useful should it occur in supervision or therapy. To help you understand how transference might affect your own experiences with supervisors, consider this question: “If you were to anticipate a transference reaction toward a supervisor based on someone from your own past, who would the most likely person be?” “Why?” and “What kinds of reactions would you most expect, given your relationship with the other person in your life?”