This fascinating book assesses Sándor Ferenczi’s role in the history of psychoanalysis, examining his personal analysis with Freud, the father of the discipline.
The book delves into archival material to shed light on issues around transference between Freud and Ferenczi, as well as Ferenczi’s own development as "the first analyst." It offers a unique deciphering of the transmission of psychoanalysis, distinguishing between self-analysis, personal analysis and training analysis, including a discussion on the duration and end of treatment, subjects rarely discussed in contemporary circles.
This book is an important read for practising clinicians and scholars alike.
Table of Contents
Preface: An Unprecedented Analytic Adventure. Chapter 1: Before the Actual Request for Analysis (1908-1912). Chapter 2: Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis and Impossible Analyst? Chapter 3: Laying the Groundwork (1912-1913) Chapter 4: The Actual Analysis (1914-1916). Chapter 5: Budapest: Great Expectations (1918-1919). Chapter 6: From Consecration to Personal Aspiration (summer 1918-spring 1919). Chapter 7: Personal Analysis and Analytic Trajectory - Finished analysis? Endless Search? Conclusion: Possibilities for the Future.
Yves Lugrin is a practising psychoanalyst in Paris, France. He is an Associate Member of the Société de psychanalyse freudienne (SPF). His research interests include the treatment of psychoses, as well as the relation of psychoanalysis to literature and writing. His interest in Freudian correspondence has led him to question the place held by Sándor Ferenczi and his work in the history of psychoanalysis.