This book brings together twelve of Franco Borgogno’s essays written since 1981. Revised and brought up to date for this edition, they give the reader an idea of the development of his philosophical and working stance, as he has progressed from being a trainee to becoming a training analyst.
Psychoanalysis as a Journey is a title which perfectly mirrors the essays it contains: the reference is to the journey of insights in the minds of the pioneers of psychoanalysis, Freud in particular, but also Ferenczi, Heimann, Bion; the journey made by their legacy in psychoanalytic institutions, the journey made by the analyst as he grows, learns and applies what he has learnt, and also the journey of the patient. A highly stimulating and thought-provoking volume.
Critical acclaim for the original Italian edition of this book
It is quite rare to come across a book that combines sound theoretical and clinical psychological arguments with generous disclosure of the progression and development of an author's thought. What this volume offers, however, is just such an itinerary, or rather journey, and moreover one that is strictly psychoanalytic. Different levels of this journey emerge as we read. The first is that of Freud's theoretical development, from his first intuitions that led to the creation of psychoanalysis, to the key works of his maturity. Another concerns the vicissitudes of every psychoanalytic process as manifested in the analyst–patient interaction. A further level of this journey is the evolution of the analytic thought of Franco Borgogno himself, as reflected in the sequence of papers he presents to us here and the highly involving theoretical odyssey they prove to be.
Luis J. Martín Cabré and Philip Slotkin
International Journal of Psycho-Analysis