The reality of transference is thus the presence of the past. Isn't there something that stands out in this, allowing us to provide a more complete formulation? It is a presence that is a bit more than presence – it is a presence in action and, as the German [Übertragung] and French [transfert] terms indicate, a reproduction.
What is not brought out clearly enough in what is ordinarily said is in what respect this reproduction differs from a simple passivating of the subject. If the reproduction here is a reproduction in action, there is something creative in transference's manifestations. It seems to me essential to articulate this creative element.”
Jacques Lacan, Seminar on Transference, pg. 174"