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The Discovery of the Self: A study in psychological care (1933)
Severn, Elizabeth | Edited by Peter L. Rudnytsky
Routledge / The Analytic Press / Softcover / 2017-03-01 / 1138828858
Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
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Elizabeth Severn, known as "R.N." in Sandor Ferenczi’s Clinical Diary, was Ferenczi’s analysand for eight years, the patient with whom he conducted his controversial experiment in mutual analysis, and a psychoanalyst in her own right who had a transformative influence on his work. The Discovery of the Self is the distillation of that experience and allows us to hear the voice of one of the most important patients in the history of psychoanalysis. However, Freud branded Severn Ferenczi’s "evil genius" and her name does not appear in Ernest Jones’s biography, so she has remained largely unknown until now. This book is a reissue of Severn’s landmark work of 1933, together with an introduction by Peter L. Rudnytsky that sets out the unrecognized importance of her thinking both for the development of psychoanalysis and for contemporary theory.

Inspired by the realization that Severn has embedded disguised case histories both of herself and of Ferenczi, as well as of her daughter Margaret, Rudnytsky shows how The Discovery of the Self contains "the other side of the story" of mutual analysis and is thus an indispensable companion volume to the Clinical Diary. A full partner in Ferenczi’s rehabilitation of trauma theory and champion of the view that the analyst must participate in the patient’s reliving of past experiences, Severn emerges as the most profound conduit for Ferenczi’s legacy in the United States, if not in the entire world.

Lacking any institutional credentials and once completely marginalized, Elizabeth Severn can at long last be given her due as a formidable psychoanalyst. Newly available for the first time in more than eighty years, The Discovery of the Self is simultaneously an engaging introduction to psychotherapy that will appeal to general readers as well as a sophisticated text to be savored by psychoanalytic scholars and clinicians as a "prequel" to the works of Heinz Kohut and a neglected classic of relational psychoanalysis.

Reviews

"The Discovery of the Self is a fascinating and historically significant work introducing and promoting a psychoanalytic project (with underpinnings of Freud and Ferenczi) for a general audience. We see her preoccupation with trauma and fragmentation and her determination to explore the newly opened realm of unconscious forms underlying conscious thought and action. This was and still is the most alarming and unsettling aspect of psychoanalytic thought. Severn understands its fecundity and makes her case with fervor and clarity."-from the essay The Work of Elizabeth Severn: An Appreciation by Adrienne Harris and Lewis Aron.

Table of Contents

Preface

The Work of Elizabeth Severn: An Appreciation by Adrienne Harris and Lewis Aron

Introduction: The Other Side of the Story: Severn on Ferenczi and Mutual Analysis Peter L. Rudnytsky

I. What Is the Self?: An Analysis of the Human Psyche.

II. What Makes People Ill: Psychological Causes behind Physical Phenomena—an Analysis of Human Pain and Disorder.

III. Psycho-Analysis—the Modern Method of Cure: Its Aims and Practice. Its Limitations.

IV. Psycho-Synthesis—the Building-up Process: Reintegration of Mind and Body.

V. Nightmares are Real: Dreams and Insanity—the Light they Throw on Psychic Traumas and Human Destiny in General.

VI. The Emotional Life: On Being in Love. Problems of the Affections, Sexuality, etc.—Emotional Maladies, their Readjustment and Cure.

VII. A Way Out—Plasticity of the Human Mind, Education of Children: Expansion of Perception. Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Yoga, Nirvana, etc. Acquaintance with one’s own Unconscious Recognition of ‘Infinity.’ The Liberation of the Self.

About the Author/Editor

Peter L. Rudnytsky is Professor of English at the University of Florida and Head of the Department of Academic and Professional Affairs of the American Psychoanalytic Association. From 2001 to 2011 he was editor of American Imago and he currently coedits the History of Psychoanalysis series with Karnac and the Psychoanalytic Horizons series with Bloomsbury.

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