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The Budapest School of Psychoanalysis

The Origin of a Two-Person Psychology and Emphatic Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Arnold WM Rachman


222 pages

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The Budapest School of Psychoanalysis brings together a collection of expertly written pieces on the influence of the Budapest (Ferenczi) conception of analytic theory and practice on the evolution of psychoanalysis. It touches on major figures Sándor Ferenczi and Michael Balint whilst concurrently considering topics such as Ferenczi’s clinical diary, the study of trauma, the Confusion of Tongues paradigm, and Balint’s perspective on supervision. Further to this, the book highlights Jacques Lacan’s teaching of Ferenczi, which brings a fresh perspective to a relatively unknown connection between them.

The book highlights that the Hungarian analysts, influenced by Ferenczi, through their pioneering work developed a psychoanalytic paradigm which became an alternative to the Freudian tradition. That this paradigm has become recognised and admired in its own right underlines the need to clearly outline, as this book does, the historical context and the output of those who are writing and working in the tradition of the Budapest School.

The contributions to this volume demonstrate the widespread and enduring influence of the Budapest School on contemporary psychoanalysis. The contributors are amongst the foremost in Budapest School scholarship and the insights they offer are at once profound as well as insightful. This book is an important read for those practitioners and students of psychoanalysis who wish for an insight into the early and developing years of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis and its impact on contemporary clinical practice.


"This superb new collection of chapters on the legacy of Sandor Ferenczi is a major contribution to the growing field of Ferenczi scholarship and to our understanding of the history and seminal influence of the Budapest school of psychoanalysis. Arnold Rachman has solicited outstanding contributions from some of the more prominent Ferenczi scholars in the international community, and provided us with a wealth of new information about Ferenczi’s influence on the field as well as the relevance of his work for contemporary psychoanalysis. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history of psychoanalysis and concerned about its future." - Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D., Chair & Professor of Psychology,The New School for Social Research, Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School

"Arnold Rachman's combination of scholarly knowledge and practical experience as a psychotherapist makes this book both intellectually exciting and emotionally resonant, an invaluable contribution to the history of psychoanalysis." - Paul Mattick, Professor of Philosophy, Adelphi University

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction

    Joseph Lichtenberg

  2. The Ferenczi House as a Space for Identity Formation

    Judith Mésázros

  3. A Multifacted Legacy: Sandor Ferenczi’s Clinical Diary

    Judith Dupont.

  4. Ferenczi: Lacan’s Missed Rendez-Vous?

    Yves Lugrin

  5. From Lacan to Ferenczi

    Michael Larivière

  6. A ‘Wise Baby’?: Ferenzi’s Presence

    André Haynal

  7. Freud, Ferenczi and the Case of Schreber: A Mutual Enactment of Homoerotic Longings, Homophobia, and Internalized Anti-Semitism

    Aron Lewis and Karen Starr

  8. The Dimensions of the Freud/Ferenczi Correspondence

    Peter Hoffer

  9. The Budapest School’s Concept of Supervision: Michael Balint’s Legacy to the Development of Specificity Theory

    Howard Bacal

  10. Psychoanalysis’ Neglect of the Incest Trauma: The Confusion of Tongues Between Psychoanalysis and Society

    Arnold Rachman

  11. Confusion of Tongues in Child Abduction: Revising the Stockholm Syndrome

    Arnold Rachman


Arnold Rachman

About the Editor

Arnold WM. Rachman is a licensed psychologist, trained psychoanalyst, Member of the Board of Directors at the Sandor Ferenczi Center, The New School For Social Research, NYC, and Honorary Member at the Sandor Ferenczi Society, Budapest, Hungary.

About the Series

Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series

Like its counterpart, Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series presents a diversity of subjects within a diversity of approaches to those subjects. Under the editorship of Joseph Lichtenberg, in collaboration with Melvin Bornstein and the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, the volumes in this series strike a balance between research, theory, and clinical application. We are honored to have published the works of various innovators in psychoanalysis, such as Lachmann, Fosshage, Stolorow, Orange, Sander, Wurmser, Grotstein, Jones, Brothers, Busch, and Lichtenberg, among others. 

The series includes books and monographs on mainline psychoanalytic topics, such as sexuality, narcissism, trauma, homosexuality, jealousy, envy, and varied aspects of analytic process and technique.  In our efforts to broaden the field of analytic interest, the series has incorporated and embraced innovative discoveries in infant research, self psychology, intersubjectivity, motivational systems, affects as process, responses to cancer, borderline states, contextualism, postmodernism, attachment research and theory, medication, and mentalization. As further investigations in psychoanalysis come to fruition, we seek to present them in readable, easily comprehensible writing.

After 25 years, the core vision of this series remains the investigation, analysis and discussion of developments on the cutting edge of the psychoanalytic field, inspired by a boundless spirit of inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health