A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein

A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein

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by John Kerr
     
 

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“Has all the elements of a juicy novel . . . riveting. . . . Reudite and elegant.” —Newsday

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In 1907, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung began what promised to be both a momentous

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“Has all the elements of a juicy novel . . . riveting. . . . Reudite and elegant.” —Newsday

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightly, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel.
 
In 1907, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung began what promised to be both a momentous collaboration and the deepest friendship of each man’s life. Six years later they were bitter antagonists, locked in a savage struggle that was as much personal and emotional as it was theoretical and professional. Between them stood a young woman named Sabina Spielrein, who had been both patient and lover to Jung and colleague and confidante to Freud before going on to become an innovative psychoanalyst herself.

With the narrative power and emotional impact of great tragedy, A Dangerous Method is impossible to put down.

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“Both a superb cultural history and a gripping narrative. . . . Daring. —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Surrounds Spielrein’s personal history with all the debates, squabbles, negotiations for precedence, knifings in the back that accompanied the development of . . .  psychoanalytic schools.” —The Atlantic
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This exciting study sheds much new light on the vexed Jung-Freud partnership and on the current status of psychoanalysis. At its hub is Sabina Spielrein (1886-1941), one of the first women psychoanalysts, whom Jung treated for hysteria when she was 18. She evidently fell in love with Jung, and he broke off their intense relationship to avert public scandal. Spielrein found in Freud a friend and mentor, confiding to him the details of her attachment to Jung. Kerr, a clinical psychologist and historian, asserts that Freud attempted to use what he knew about Jung's personal life to exert ideological control over the psychoanalytic movement. In Kerr's scenario, Jung apparently was aware of Freud's secret affair with his sister-in-law Minna Bernays--an affair which is denied by many biographiers, but that Kerr defends as plausible based on Jung's explicit testimony and on recent scholarship. It was after Jung threatened to retaliate by revealing what he knew about Freud's personal life, Kerr maintains, that their collaboration dissolved. He argues that both men had an opportunity to make psychoanalysis an open, scientifically grounded discipline, but instead succumbed to ambition, dogma and personal animus. Kerr also charges that Freud and Jung suppressed Spielrein's own fertile theory of the unconscious, which conceived of sexuality as fusion rather than pleasure. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Spielrein, one of the first women psychoanalysts, was Jung's patient, student, and lover; later, she was Freud's colleague in Vienna. Her diary and letters were previously discussed in Aldo Carotenuto's A Secret Symmetry: Sabina Spielrein Between Jung and Freud ( LJ 5/15/82). Using these and other sources, including Jung's letters to Spielrein, clinical psychologist and historian Kerr reconstructs Spielrein's relationship with Jung and Freud, portraying her as an influential if peripheral figure during their period of collaboration. Kerr has written a fascinating history of psychoanalysis focusing on its origin as a clinical method of psychotherapy. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.-- Lucille Boone, San Jose P.L., Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679735809
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/02/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
586,978
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.01(h) x 1.29(d)

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