Shortly before and during World War II many European psychoanalysts found refuge in South America, concentrated in Buenos Aires. Here, together with local professionals, they created a strong, creative and productive psychoanalytic movement that in turn gave birth to theoretical and clinical contributions that transformed psychoanalysis, psychology, medicine and culture in South America. The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America is a collection of those pioneers’ papers, and introduces the reader to a body of ideas and advancements, many of which have had limited and piecemeal exposure within the psychoanalytic community in the rest of the world until now.
The editors Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski and Alberto Pieczanski present original papers and essays, many of which have never before been published in English; those that have been translated were rarely presented in context. Each one of the chapters is accompanied by a scholarly introduction written by psychoanalysts, many of whom personally knew the pioneers and their oeuvres in depth, tracing the roots of their ideas in the European analytic schools.
The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America is divided into six main sections:
- Psychoanalytic process
- Psychoanalytic technique
- Psychoanalysis of children
- Culture and society
- Psychosomatic medicine.
Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski and Alberto Pieczanski provide a coherent guide to the seminal ideas and practices of the South American psychoanalysts who have made major theoretical and clinical contributions to the advancement of the psychoanalytic discipline. The chapters present the material in a way that is accessible to psychoanalysts from across the globe and will enable them to incorporate the ideas and practices outlined here into their everyday psychoanalytic work. It will also be of interest to psychoanalytic psychotherapists, academics interested in the history and development of psychoanalytic ideas and psychoanalysis, and advanced students.
The following link leads to an video interview featuring Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski and Alberto Pieczanski by the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis for the History Project, where they open up about their stories, their marriage, and their new book:
Table of Contents
Part I: Psychoanalytic Process. Maldonado, Introduction to the Life and Work of Madeleine Baranger. Pieczanski, Introduction to the Life and Work of Willy Baranger. Baranger, M. and Baranger, W., The Analytic Situation as a Dynamic Field. Maldonado, Introduction to the Life and Work of Jorge Mom by Jorge Maldonado. Baranger, M. and Baranger, W., Mom, Process and Non-Process in Analytic Work. Etchegoyen, Introduction to the Life and Work of Heinrick Racker. Racker, The Meanings and Uses of Countertransference. Etchegoyen, Introduction to the Life and Work of León Geinberg. Maldonado, Introduction to the Life and Work of Maria Langer. Neborak, Introduction to the Life and Work of David Liberman. Grinberg, Langer, Liberman, De Rodrigué, The Psycho-Analytic Process. Pessanha, Introduction to the Life and Work of Durval Marcondes. Marcondes, The Psychodynamism of the Analytic Process. Foks, Introduction to the Life and Work of Fidias Cesio. Cesio, Lethargy. The Ideal Ego and The Dead. Martins, Introduction to the Life and Work of Alcyon Baer Bahia. Bahía, Identification and Identity. Zanin, Introduction to the Life and Work of Jose Mario Pacheco de A. Prado. Prado, The Interference of the Destructive Impulses in the Development of the Self. Entanglement States. Langer, Sterility and Envy. Moretzon, Introduction to the Life and Work of Adelheid Koch. Koch, Omnipotence and Sublimation. Part II: Psychoanalytic Technique. Navarro de Lopez, Flegenheimer, Introduction to the Life and Work of Luisa Alvarez de Toledo. Alvarez de Toledo, The Analysis Of ‘Associating’ ‘Interpreting’ and ‘Words’: Use Of This Analysis To Bring Unconscious Fantasies Into The Present And To Achieve Greater Ego Integration. Liberman, Verbalization and Unconscious Phantasies. David Liberman. Liberman, Affective Response of the Analyst to the Patient's Communications. Baranger, The Mind of the Analyst: From Listening to Interpretation. Winograd, Introduction to the Life and Work of Jose Bleger. Bleger, Psycho-Analysis of the Psycho-Analytic Frame. Zysman, Introduction to the Life and Work of Horacio Etchegoyen. Etchegoyen, The Relevance of the 'Here and Now' Transference Interpretation for the Reconstruction of Early Psychic Development. Grinberg, On a Specific Aspect of Countertransference Due to the Patient's Projective Identification. Part III:Metapsychology. Arbiser, Introduction to the Life and Work of Enrique Pichon Riviere. Pichón-Riviere, Neurosis and Psychosis: A Theory of Illness. Grinberg, Two Kinds of Guilt—Their Relations with Normal and Pathological Aspects of Mourning. Pessanha, Introduction to the Life and Work of Virginia Bicudo. Bicudo, Persecutory Guilt and Ego Restrictions—Characterization of a Pre-Depressive position. Marquez, Introduction to the Life and Work of Angel Garma. Garma, The Traumatic Situation in the Genesis of Dreams. Moore, Introduction to the Life and Work of Ignacio Matte Blanco. Matte-Blanco, Expression in Symbolic Logic of the Characteristics of the System Ucs or the Logic of the System Ucs. Mom, Some Considerations Regarding the Concept of Distance in Phobias. Part IV: Psychoanalysis of Children. Bloj, Introduction to the Life and Work of Arminda Aberastury Pichon-Riviere. Pichon-Riviere, Dentition, Walking, and Speech in Relation to the Depressive Position. Brown, Introduction to the Life and Work of Emilio Rodrigue. Rodrigué, Ludic Interpretation: An Attitude Towards Play. In: La Interpretación Lúdica: Una Actitud Hacia el Juego. Zusman, Introduction to the Life and Work of Decio Soares de Souza. Soares De Souza, Symposium on Psychotic Object Relationships — Annihilation and Reconstruction of Object-Relationship in a Schizophrenic Girl. Part V: Culture and Society. Rascovsky, Introduction to the life and work of Arnaldo Rascovsky and Matilde Wencelblat de Rascovsky. Rascovsky, M., & Rascovsky, A., The Prohibition of Incest, Filicide and the Sociocultural Process. Part VI: Psychosomatic Medicine. Perestrello, Introduction to the Life and Work of Danilo Perestrello. Perestrello, Headache and Primal Scene.
Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski is a Child and Adult Psychoanalyst.She is the founding chair of the Infant and Young Child Observation Program, Tavistock Method, at the Washington School of Psychiatry.She is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association, Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Teaching Analyst at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She is the Scientific Adviser and Teacher at 'Mind in Mind', Beijing, China.
Alberto Pieczanski is a Child and Adult Psychoanalyst. He is a Member of the IPA’s (International Psychoanalytic Association) Working Party on the study of the Analyst’s Unconscious Theories. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Society, (APdeBA), faculty of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry.
"Nydia and Alberto Pieczanski made a thoughtful and careful collection of papers by the better known South American authors. The reader will be acquainted with the most valuable psychoanalytic contributions in the region." - Horacio Etchegoyen. Former President of the International Psychoanalytic Association; Author of: The Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique.
"The Editors have produced a highly relevant book. The carefully chosen seminal papers capture the many developments in the history of psychoanalysis in South America. The presentation of the chapters benefit from clear introductions by contemporary analysts. The reader will have the opportunity of appreciating innovative ideas and concepts on a wide range of psychoanalytic subjects that are still highly significant for the development and understanding of both theory and clinical practice." - Catalina Bronstein. Training Analyst of the British Psycho-Analytical Society; Editor of : Kleinian Theory, a Contemporary Perspective.
"This overdue anthology must be greatly welcomed. It has been edited with great competence and moving passion by Nydia and Alberto Pieczanski, two Argentinean psychoanalysts." - Riccardo Steiner. Member and Honorary Archivist of the British Psychoanalytical Society; Co-Editor of: The Freud-Klein Controversies1941-45.