The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi

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A giant in the history of psychoanalysis, Sandor Ferenczi developed ideas about the analytic situation and the patient-analyst relationship that anticipate key insights of contemporary psychoanalytic thought. Yet, only in recent years has Ferenczi begun to receive the recognition he deserves. In The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi, editors Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris have brought together leading Ferenczi scholars from around the world to specify Ferenczi's place in psychoanalytic history and to reevaluate his ...

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Overview

A giant in the history of psychoanalysis, Sandor Ferenczi developed ideas about the analytic situation and the patient-analyst relationship that anticipate key insights of contemporary psychoanalytic thought. Yet, only in recent years has Ferenczi begun to receive the recognition he deserves. In The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi, editors Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris have brought together leading Ferenczi scholars from around the world to specify Ferenczi's place in psychoanalytic history and to reevaluate his contributions in the light of current theory and practice.

The volume begins with a scholarly introduction by Aron and Harris, who argue that Ferenczi's life work is foundational to what has become contemporary relational psychoanalysis. Their historical overview sets the stage for original contributions that are organized into three sections. In "Constructing and Reconstructing the Historical Record," contributors examine Ferenczi's work in historical context, relate his ideas to his intimate dialogue with Freud, and explore the life of one of Ferenczi's most important patients, "RN," with whom he collaborated in his technical experiments with mutual analysis. In "Bridges, Emigres and Inheritors," contributors assess Ferenczi's impact on subsequent generations of analysts. His influence on British object relations theory and American interpersonal psychoanalysis is clarifed through chapters on his personal and professional impact on Michael Balint, Erich Fromm, and Clara Thompson. In the final section, "Clinical Implications," and in the "Postscript," contributors consider the diverse ways in which Ferenczi's clinical work continues to inspire and guide analysts in our own time. Individual chapters focus on his ideas on telepathy and parapsychology, his clinical experiments with mutual analysis between analysand and analyst, his understanding of intimacy in the analytic relationship, and his ideas on therapeutic regression.

A richly engrossing contribution to the history of psychoanalysis, The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi is an essential text for locating the roots of contemporary approaches to psychoanalytic treatment. It will be turned to repeatedly by all who wish to learn about this most brilliant of Freud's early followers, a theorist and clinician who grappled courageously and imaginatively with the very challenges that animate psychoanalysis in the present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881634297
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Sandor Ferenczi: Discovery and Rediscovery 1
I Constructing and Reconstructing the Historical Record 37
2 Ferenczi's Preanalytic Period Embedded in the Cultural Streams of the Fin de Siecle 41
3 Ferenczi and the Origins of Psychoanalytic Technique 53
4 Ferenczi's Relevance to Contemporary Psychoanalytic Technique: Commentary on Andre Haynal's "Ferenczi and the Origins of Psychoanalytic Technique" 75
5 Ferenczi and Sexuality 81
6 The Case of "RN": Sandor Ferenczi's Radical Experiment in Psychoanalysis 101
7 Ferenczi's Contributions to Psychoanalysis: Essays in Dialogue 121
II Bridges, Emigres, and Inheritors 141
8 Michael Balint: Analysand, Pupil, Friend, and Successor to Sandor Ferenczi 145
9 Clara Thompson: Ferenczi's Messenger with Half a Message 159
10 Sandor Ferenczi and American Interpersonal Relations: Historical and Personal Reflections 175
11 Ferenczi's Influence on Fromm 185
III Clinical Implications 199
12 Flowing Over - Transference, Countertransference, Telepathy: Subjective Dimensions of the Psychoanalytic Relationship in Ferenczi's Thinking 207
13 Abandoned Workings: Ferenczi's Mutual Analysis 217
14 Collusion and Intimacy in the Analytic Relationship 227
15 Clinical Aspects of Malignant Regression 249
IV Postscript 265
16 What Can We Learn from Ferenczi Today? 267
Index 279
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