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Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis

Peter Rudnytsky, Antal Bokay, Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch

Publication Year: 1996

Sigmund Freud's role in the history and development of psychoanalysis continues to be the standard by which others are judged. One of the most remarkable features of that history, however, is the exceptional caliber of the men and women Freud attracted as disciples and coworkers. One of the most influential, and perhaps overlooked, of them was the Hungarian analyst Sndor Ferenczi. Apart from Freud, Ferenczi is the analyst from that pioneering generation who addresses most immediately the concerns of contemporary psychoanalysts.

In Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis fifteen eminent scholars and clinicians from six different countries provide a comprehensive and rigorous examination of Ferenczi's legacy. Although the contributors concur in their assessment of Ferenczi's stature, they often disagree in their judgments about his views and his place in the history of psychoanalysis. For some, he is a radically iconoclastic figure, whose greatest contributions lie in his challenge to Freudian orthodoxy; for others, he is ultimately a classical analyst, who built on Freud's foundations. Divided into three sections, Contexts and Continuities, Disciple and Dissident, and Theory and Technique, the essays in Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis invite the reader to take part in a dialogue, in which the questions are many and the answers open-ended.

Published by: NYU Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix

This project owes its existence to two opportunities afforded me to study and teach in Europe: the first a Fulbright Western European Regional Research Fellowship in 1988—89, during which I met Patrizia Giampieri- Deutsch in Vienna...


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pp. xi-xiv

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Introduction: Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis

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pp. 1-22

To those who have come under its spell, the history of psychoanalysis is a subject of inexhaustible fascination. The appeal of psychoanalysis as a guide to living stems ultimately from the way that it enables its adepts to think theoretically about their own...

Part I: Contexts and Continuities

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pp. 23-104

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1. Freud and His Intellectual Environment: The Case of Sándor Ferenczi

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pp. 25-40

Freud has changed our view of human relationships: our present conception of human communication—whether in larger or smaller groups, whether verbal or nonverbal—is inconceivable without the pioneering work of Freud and his circle...

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2. The Founding of the Budapest School

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pp. 41-59

In 1914, Freud wrote that "Hungary, so near geographically to Austria, and so far from it scientifically, has produced only one collaborator, S. Ferenczi, but one that indeed outweighs a whole society" (33). In 1923 he added a footnote: "In Hungary a brilliant...

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3. The Budapest School of Psychoanalysis

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pp. 60-76

It is characteristic of old stories to be continuations of even earlier ones. The beginning of Hungarian psychoanalysis is interwoven with the world-famous name of Sandor Ferenczi. But he himself inevitably also had a forerunner...

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4. O, Patria Mia

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pp. 77-88

What has been the impact of psychoanalysts of Hungarian origin on America? It is a difficult question to answer. Certainly, it has been nothing like the effect of Hungarian actors, movie moguls, comedians, steel workers, football coaches...

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5. Ferenczi's Early Impact on Washington, D.C.

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pp. 89-104

This chapter outlines the four principal avenues by which Ferenczi initially influenced the Washington, D . C , analytic community These are: (i) his writings, as made available by William Alanson White and Smith Ely Jelliffe (Burnham 1983); (2) his visit...

Part II: Disciple and Dissident

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pp. 105-186

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6. Asymmetry and Mutuality in the Analytic Relationship: Contemporary Lessons from the Freud-Ferenczi Dialogue

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pp. 107-119

In this paper I shall view the historical disagreements and tensions between Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi as metaphors for the conflicts, dilemmas, and tensions experienced by contemporary psychoanalysts in each analytic hour. I shall...

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7. Sándor Ferenczi: Negative Transference and Transference Depression

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pp. 120-144

In 1937, at eighty-one years of age and still possessing boundless intellectual curiosity, Freud wrote a monograph in which he attempted to define the principal obstacles to the successful completion of psychoanalytic treatment. Drawing on theory...

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8. The Tragic Encounter between Freud and Ferenczi and Its Impact on the History of Psychoanalysis

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pp. 145-159

As both the recent volume edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris (1993) and a series of international conferences attest, a revival of interest in the work of Sandor Ferenczi is currently taking place. One reason for this phenomenon is the appearance...

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9. Ferenczi's Mother Tongue

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pp. 160-169

We are all familiar with the wonderful image of a baby captured by its mother s words and gazing at her face with its mouth wide open. The baby is drinking the sounds and swallowing the words; it is ingesting the milk of the "mother...

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10. Mutual Analysis: A Logical Outcome of Sándor Ferenczi's Experiments in Psychoanalysis

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pp. 170-186

Psychoanalysis has a history of advancing through artful failures. For example, the fact that a number of Freud's case histories, notably Dora and the Wolf Man, are literary successes but therapeutic failures has not reduced their importance to...

Part III: Theory and Technique

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11. Hermann's Concept of Clinging in Light of Modern Drive Theory

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pp. 189-208

Born in Budapest in 1889, Imre Hermann became a member of the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Association in 1919 and was one of the founders of the "Budapest School." As one of the few analysts who remained in Budapest during the totalitarian...

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12. Castration and Narcissism in Ferenczi

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pp. 209-223

Ferenczi occupies an increasingly important place in contemporary psychoanalytic thought and clinical work. His writings shed light on numerous current pathologies, including borderline conditions, somatizations, and narcissistic frailties...

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13. The Influence of Ferenczi's Ideas on Contemporary Standard Technique

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pp. 224-247

Not only in the scientific literature but also in the "common sense" of psychoanalysis are Freud and Ferenczi often polarized, in that their views on technique are set in opposition, and their standpoints are played off against each...

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14. A New World Symphony: Ferenczi and the Integration of Nonpsychoanalytic Techniques into Psychoanalytic Practice

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pp. 248-265

One night last winter, after having purchased a guidebook that day to eastern Europe, I was planning my trip to Prague and the Ferenczi conference in Budapest. Having seen the movie, The Music Box, with many scenes of Budapest about a year before...

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15. The "Wise Baby" Grows Up: The Contemporary Relevance of Sándor Ferenczi

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pp. 266-286

Despite the certainty with which its theory is frequently presented, psychoanalysis is not a fixed body of knowledge; it is rather many theories, some compatible with what Freud wrote, some not, and with many hiccups and inconsistencies, particularly as infant...


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pp. 287-292

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780814771501
E-ISBN-10: 0814771505
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814774755
Print-ISBN-10: 081477475X

Page Count: 450
Publication Year: 1996