'Occultism and the Origins of Psychoanalysis' and 'Sigmund Freud and The Forsyth Case' (2 Volume Set)
Sigmund Freud and The Forsyth Case uses newly discovered primary sources to investigate one of Sigmund Freud’s most mysterious clinical experiences, the Forsyth case. Maria Pierri begins with a preliminary illustration of the case, its historical context, and how it connects to Freud’s interests in ‘thought-transmission’, or telepathy. Sigmund Freud and The Forsyth Case details Pierri’s attempts to recover the lost original case notes, which are published here for the first time, to identify the patient involved and to set the case into the broader frame of Freud’s work. The book also explores Freud’s further investigations into thought-transmission, focusing around a meeting of the Secret Committee in October 1919 and his clinical work with his own daughter Anna.
Occultism and the Origins of Psychoanalysis traces the origins of key psychoanalytic ideas back to their roots in hypnosis and the occult. Maria Pierri follows Sigmund Freud’s early interest in ‘thought transmission’, now known as telepathy. Freud’s private investigations led to discussions with other leading figures, including Sandor Ferenczi, with whom he held a ‘dialogue of the unconsciouses’, and Carl Jung. Freud and Ferenczi’s work assessed how fortune tellers could read the past from a client, inspiring their investigations into countertransference, the analytic relationship, unconscious communication and mother-infant relationality. Pierri clearly links modern psychoanalytic practice with Freud’s interests in the occult using primary sources, some of which have never before been published in English.
These books will be essential reading for psychoanalysts in practice and in training, as well as academics and scholars of psychoanalytic studies, Freudian ideas, psychoanalytic theory, the occult, spirituality and the history of psychology.
Introduction by Stefano Bolognini
Prologue: A result of character: the cocaine, this magical substance
1. Vienna, Porta Orientis of the Unconscious
The force of suggestion: the "wonderful somnambulists"
Vienna, laboratory of modernity
2. The Young Freud
A passionate young researcher into Nature
Martha and Bertha: the languages of passion
3. The Lesson of Jean Martin Charcot
At the Salpêtrière
The apparatus of language
The magic of words
4. The lesson of Josef Breuer and the "descent to the Mothers"
Studies on Hysteria
A difficult separation: not all debts can be paid
A foundation myth: a false pregnancy and a cure with a defect.
5. Sigmund Freud’s lesson
The discovery of a false connection
Irma’s throat and the feminine at the origin of psychoanalysis.
Dream as desire
6. Fliess and the invention of psychoanalysis
A secret correspondence
My Friend in Berlin
Freud’s heart trouble
7. The discovery of infantile sexuality
Self-analysis and the writing cure
Cherchez la femme: the case of Emma Eckstein
8. Original thought requires a rupture
The "reader of thoughts"
The accusation of plagiarism
A future in the image of the past: predestination and superstition
9. Occultism made in the U.S.A.
Medium, Media and "Mental telegraphy"
First hypotheses about the unconscious
10 Jung, spiritualism and countertransference: the world of the dead
Jung, Poltergeist phenomena and séances
The arrival at Burghölzli
First visit to Vienna
Easter 1909: Jung’s spiritual complex and Sabina
The dangerous fascination of the "beautiful Jewess"
11. Ferenczi, the unclassifiable
The sultan and his "clairvoyant"
A psychoanalyst ‘of a restless mind’
Ferenczi and the hidden treasure of Spiritualism
The encounter with Freud: a postponed transferential appointment
12. A Journey to America
Three men and an eventful, mutually analytic crossing: the outward journey…
… and back again
13. The Danaan Gift
The clairvoyant who reads Ferenczi’s mind
The patient who reads Ferenczi’s mind
The Palermo incident, or the interpretation of paranoia
The psychic work of the clairvoyant: two unfulfilled prophecies
14. An Epistolary Novel
Ferenczi and incestuous countertransferential storms. From mother to daughter
What is still missing is the fatherly blessing. Fatefulness and Oedipal coincidences
Elma Pàlos, fragment of the analysis of a seduction
The open wound in Ferenczi’s heart, a source of creativity
15. The Saturday goy: getting to know Dr Jones
The Welsh liar
Freud’s first pupil from Britain
Dr Jones’s stethoscope: rationalization and censorship of excess countertransference
A prescribed training analysis in Budapest
16. The Intergenerational Transmission of Psychoanalysis
Love and Death: the three women of the three pupils
"If you go to women, don't forget the whip"
At school with Freud: the transmission of psychoanalysis
17. The secret Committee
The transformations and the desertion of Jung
A missed meeting: the "Kreuzlingen gesture"
The Committee: the Männerbund and the defence of the "Cause" (Die Sache)
Totem and taboo: unconscious intelligence and intergenerational transmission of thought
18. The Year before the War
The last congress with Jung
A black tide of Occultism
The question of telepathy
The Dialogues of the Unconscious
Epilogue: Epilogue: A fortune-teller visits Freud in Berggasse
Prologue: Telepathy, superstitions and mushrooms
1. Coincidences of the psychoanalytic setting: a strange home visit
M. de Fortgibu and his plum pudding
The maternal in the circumstances of the setting: the psychoanalytic clock.
"All things are chained, knotted, in love..."
Coincidences in analysis
Notable examples: From Carl G. Jung; Eugenio Gaddini; José Bleger; Joyce McDougall
Telepathy, an enlightening mistake.
Freud and the "Forsyth case"
2. Forsyth arrives in Vienna to undertake a seven-week analysis with Prof Freud
The Decline of the West
Introduction to Psycho-Analysis: the first twenty-eight Lectures
Hunger in Vienna
Parcels from England
A passage to Austria
A moment of forgetfulness by Freud
3. Herr P. ends his analysis with Prof. Freud in a rather extraordinary way
New introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
The "Forsyth case"
Solve et coagula
The Postscript of a Preface
4. The Duellists
Meeting in Zurich
The first training analysis in Budapest
Forsyth, the pediatrician "once a friend of mine."
5. Nachträglichkeit: Following the traces of a long deferral
Freud becomes a heretic: the debate about the "transmission of thought" within the Committee
A mistake by Freud
The memorable Harzreise
1921, an essay in two halves: Vorbericht-Preface, Nachtrag-Postscript
1922, Dreams and Telepathy
Perplexities, second thoughts and experiments with Ferenczi and Anna
1925, section C: "The Occult Significance of Dreams"
Still playing for time
1933, Lecture XXX, "Dream and Occultism"
The gold coin
6. The disappeared-occulted manuscript
The posthumous publication of the Vorbericht (1921) in "Psychoanalysis and Telepathy" (1941) and the disappearance of the Nachtrag
Hide and seek
Back to Freud's secret text: found in translation
7. Sigmund Freud: Postscript (1921)
8. Manuscript details, slips and errors
Conditions and details
Freud’s "errors" and the occulted "dritte Fall"
Nachträglichkeit and reconstructions
9. During the great war
A coming-of-age prematurely interrupted
Freud’s forced inactivity: the Metapsychology and the Introductory Lectures
Impotence and death anxiety. Towards the uncanny defeat
Ernest Jones’s war
10. Coincidences in Vienna: a week of fireworks in autumn 1919
The new orientation towards the West
The heart towards the Est
11. The strange case of Dr. Forsyth and Mr. Vorsicht: the build-up
The "secret language"
The Man of Property
Staging: the Preconscious at work
The Fortsein game: The troublesome individual and a first repression; The missed appointment; The coincidence of the "neighbours"; The joke of the "home visit"; An ambivalent gift
12. The strange case of Dr. Forsyth and Mr. Vorsicht: the session
Vorsicht, Forsyth, Forsyte
The visiting card
The Freud-Freund slip
The Nightmare and Jones monograph on the "Alptraum"
The faulty translations
13. That Forsyte woman
Return to the mothers – Telepathy, "distant proximity"
Don Giovanni: Zitto, mi pare sentire odor di femmina....
14. Retrospective: the lost scene
Caritas Romana: "This is the place, this is the source"
A destiny and a choice made long ago
"Little Freud": a child is being conceived
15. A hereditary transmission
A daughter is being analysed
Lou Andreas Salomé: a mother-sister
Thought-transmission? A pair of twin papers: The father’s text; The daughter’s text
"Not to be there": the process of separation and the game of Fortsein
16. 1932 "Dreams and Occultism" and the Confusion of tongues
17. "Herr Vorsicht", alias Paul Bernfeld
"The eldest of a family of eight or nine children"
The firm of Paul Bernfeld and Heinrich Rosenberg, B & R: jokes and repetitions by the preconscious
18 A secret in the "Premise": about the substitute of the Third Case
19. Dr. David Forsyth leaves the scene and the story. Circumstances of the birth of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Seven Weeks in Vienna
The Forsyth affaire
Forsyth leaves the scene
20. The Freud’s final orientation towards the West: from Vienna to London
"Fortsein": Professor Freud is has "gone" away
Fort-Da. The return: story of a Cap
21. The importance of being Ernest Jones. The cycle closes
Transmission of the tradition and "crypts"
Free associations: memories of a psycho-analyst
Epilogue: A debt to pay
"This book gives back to contemporary psychoanalysis the pleasure of exploring really little-known territories, fascinatingly restoring the connection between the past, present and "elsewhere" of communications between human beings, using the Freudian experience as its starting point, in order to reconsider in a reflective way the less visible, sometimes disorienting and mysterious levels of psychoanalytic practice. offers us an especially valuable reflection on the mysterious communicating paths which put individual and group unconsciouses in contact with each other, often bypassing in an apparently disconcerting manner the border controls." - Stefano Bolognini, past President of the IPA and the Italian Psychoanalytic Society
"Following the thread of thought-transference, Maria Pierri goes through the events of the Freudian endeavour starting from its roots in hypnosis and occultism, through the dialogue with the masters, the pupils and the great female patients, the leading actresses of the cure. In his disquieting curiosity for telepathy, which he shared intimately with Ferenczi, Freud discovers that fortune-tellers, who do not know the future, can read the unconscious of their clients. But the "golden coin" of occultism, the generative mother-child communication, will be the great discovery of Ferenczi." - Luis J. Martin Cabré, Training analyst, past President Madrid Psychoanalytical Association.
"Today we know much about the polyphonic complex of contexts, experiences, relationships and ideas which made psychoanalysis possible and still nourish its current debates. We can be very grateful to Maria Pierri for bringing us up to date with the role and meaning of some little-known aspects of Freud’s life and work concerning occultism and the fascinating dialogue of the unconsciouses developed with Ferenczi: what the Author identifies as one of the matrices of the developments of contemporary psychoanalysis." - Marco Conci, MC, IPA Committee on the History of Psychoanalysis
"The book by Maria Pierri, a passionate and recognized connoisseur of "coincidences", can be read as an engrossing detective novel of historical reconstruction as it unfolds towards its resolution, elegantly written and full of surprises, and opening up unexpected new fields of thought. Which is not to say that it actually is a novel: rather, it is real History with a capital H, thoroughly documented with a precise investigative method which revisits one of the most mysterious and controversial areas of Freudian research, that of telepathy." - Stefano Bolognini, past President of the IPA and the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.
"With rigorous documentation, including previously unpublished material, and elegant writing, Maria Pierri conducts a passionate investigation of hypnosis, occultism, suggestion, "coincidences and misunderstandings", studied by Freud, who applied his scientific mentality to them. The secrets and enigmas around the origins of psychoanalysis, the deep ties and conflicts between the pioneers "who made the venture" with Freud will emerge from the courageous search for that "elsewhere" of human thoughts we call unconscious, with which we are confronted daily in clinical practice and theory." - Paola Golinelli Training analyst, Italian Psychoanalytic Society. Author of Psychoanalytic Reflection on Writing, Cinema and the Arts. Routledge, 2021.
"Maria Pierri’s work is not only an excellent example of historical and archival research into the interest of emergent psychoanalysis in telepathic events, but a radical demonstration – thanks to the "work as a double" performed by thought-transmission – of how unsustainable it is to maintain that Freud was a monist. In this way, through the wealth of phenomena being observed, the author opens up a new direction for study and theoretical enquiry that will send us back to Freud, differently every time, and to his very early intuition of a psychic field that is created in the analytic relationship." - Maurizio Balsamo, Training analyst, Italian Psychoanalytic Society. Maître de Conférences et Directeur de Recherche, UFR Études Psychanalytiques, Université Paris–Diderot