"Franco Borgogno is one of the most original and profound thinkers in contemporary psychoanalysis. To listen to the stories he tells in his inimitable personal voice is to know that one has found what he himself calls Ferenczi-a 'fundamental companion' on one's own psychoanalytic journey. If, as Borgogno exemplifies, the analytic process is a 'long wave' in which one life heals another, ' to immerse oneself in the pages of his book is to undergo a transformative experience."
-PETER L. RUDNYTSKY, University of Florida and Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, author of Mutual Analysis: Ferenczi, Severn, and the Origins of Trauma Theory
"One Life Heals Another is an enjoyable introduction to one of the most fertile writers in contemporary psychoanalysis who deserves to be better known. The book presents itself above all as an autobiography; that is, a text where the theory, technique, and history of psychoanalysis and its institutions are inextricably entwined with personal history. Borgogno's example makes it seem more obvious than ever how important personality and disposition are in deciding what type of analyst to be. But One Life Heals Another is also a valuable handbook (its modest scale is a virtue) for starting out in a beautiful but rather complicated profession; a little Baedeker packed with ideas and full of experience and passion. For this reason I hope it will be discovered by all analysts and psychotherapists who are genuinely interested in the healing of psychic suffering."
-GIUSEPPE CIVITARESE, author of Sublime Subjects: Aesthetic Experience and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis
Table of Contents:
Chapter I: Fragments of life and work in a psychoanalytic vocation
1. A formative meeting and the reasons for a journey
2. First experiences: lights and shadows
3. Discovery and rediscovery of a fundamental companion: Sándor Ferenczi
4. Psychoanalysis as a special conversation and as progressive learning from emotions and from relational experience
5. Concluding thoughts, plus the brief tale of "Little Bear"
Chapter II: How I understood and gradually learned the "analytic relationship" during the years 1975-1995: a little "amarcord" about psychoanalysis in Milan and Turin
1. On learning from the affective response to the patient
2. Meeting Luciana Nissim Momigliano, Giuseppe Di Chiara, Stefania Manfredi Turillazzi and others
3. Notes on the importance of becoming a "Full Member" and later a "Training and Supervising Analyst"
Chapter III: "The field speaks": images and thoughts
2. Three clinical situations to start with: "Red Borgogno, Red Bordeaux", the "Chatterbox", "Here's where the ass falls down!"
3. A deeper look
4. Inconclusive thoughts
Chapter IV: A little analytic "picture gallery" (with incidental observations about the analyst, young and old)
1. What I'm going to talk about
2. "A rhombus in answer to the square"
3. The irruption of a "third" onto the analytic scene
4. The "reality method" as a curative factor
5. "The freak wave", "the Pharaoh's curse", "the crazy desire to have a child"
6. "The big wasp", "the crow", and "the dilemma: stay on the boat or dive into the sea"
7. The young analyst and the old analyst
8. A search right to the end to receive and offer love?
Index of authors
About the Author:
Franco Borgogno is full professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Turin and training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society. He is author of several papers and books, including Psychoanalysis as a Journey, and lectures and supervises throughout Europe and Israel, as well as in North and South America. He is part of the Editorial Board of Italian and International psychoanalytic journals and IPA Chair of the 'Psychoanalysis and University' Committee. In 2010 Borgogno has received the Mary Sigourney Award.