This book aims to present an up-to-date introduction and critical study of one of the most important psychoanalysts of all times, Sándor Ferenczi.
The book presents Ferenczi as a person; his discovery of psychoanalysis and his relationship with Freud; the theoretical and clinical novelties he introduced to psychoanalysis; his deep political and social commitment, striving for the democratization of psychoanalysis; and the great relevance of his thought and perspective for the future. It also talks about his repression in the history of psychoanalysis as well as his influence in the following generations of psychoanalysts. The reader will be presented with the most relevant historical milestones and concepts, with new insights regarding some of Ferenczi’s most fundamental ideas (such as his trauma theory, his technical innovations or his developments regarding the end of analysis), as well as an informed viewpoint of his legacy, the contemporary readings of his work and the institutions and associations that continue following the path traced by l’enfant terrible of psychoanalysis.
This book will be of interest both for the novel reader who has had none or scarce contact with the person and/or work of Sándor Ferenczi, as well as to the psychoanalysts, clinicians and scholars, who have a deeper contact and understanding of the work of the Hungarian analyst.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The democratization of psychoanalysis. Sándor Ferenczi, from forced disappearance to resurrection; 2. Sándor Ferenczi’s biographical outline; 3. Ferenczi’s encounter with psychoanalysis; 4. Ferenczi as a translator and divulgater of Freud’s work; 5. The concept of "Introjection"; 6. Ferenczi’s introduction of technical innovations; 7. Thalassa and Bioanalysis; 8. The end of analysis; 9. Ferenczi’s interest in the psychology of the child: upbringing and education; 10. Ferenczi’s latest writings. The effect of "confusion of tongues" and his Clinical Diary; 11. Ferenczi’s trauma theory; 12. Splitting as a psychic defence; 13. The repression of Ferenczi’s work and the return of the repressed; 14. Ferenczi’s legacy and place in the world today; 15. What is the relevance of Ferenczi in the future?; Epilogue; References
About the Authors:
Alberto Fergusson, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst working in Colombia and in the U.S. Since 1982 he has been the head and founder of the Institute of Accompanied Self-Rehabilitation. He was also the Founder of FUNGRATA in Colombia and FAS in Washington DC. He is currently Director and Full professor at the Center for Psychosocial Studies (CEPPS) of the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia. He has been actively involved in the peace process in Colombia, at present as advisor to the president of the Truth Commission.
Miguel Gutiérrez-Peláez, PhD, is Full Professor of Center for Psychosocial Studies (CEPSS) of the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia and has been part of the Psychology Program since 2011. He is a member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (AMP) and the New Lacanian School (NEL) and has his clinical practice in Colombia. He is author of the book Confusion of Tongues. A Return to Sándor Ferenczi (Routledge, 2018).