Overview (The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi)

The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (Relational Perspectives Book Series)

Winner of the 2016 Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) for the best edited psychoanalytic book of the year.

The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi, first published in 1993 and edited by Lewis Aron and Adrienne Harris, was one of the first books to examine Ferenczi’s invaluable contributions to psychoanalysis and his continuing influence on contemporary clinicians and scholars. Building on that pioneering work, The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor brings together leading international Ferenczi scholars to report on previously unavailable data about Ferenczi and his professional descendants.

Many—including Sigmund Freud himself—considered Sándor Ferenczi to be Freud’s most gifted patient and protégé. For a large part of his career, Ferenczi was almost as well known, influential, and sought after as a psychoanalyst, teacher and lecturer as Freud himself. Later, irreconcilable differences between Freud, his followers and Ferenzi meant that many of his writings were withheld from translation or otherwise stifled, and he was accused of being mentally ill and shunned. In this book, Harris and Kuchuck explore how newly discovered historical and theoretical material has returned Ferenczi to a place of theoretical legitimacy and prominence. His work continues to influence both psychoanalytic theory and practice, and covers many major contemporary psychoanalytic topics such as process, metapsychology, character structure, trauma, sexuality, and social and progressive aspects of psychoanalytic work.

Among other historical and scholarly contributions, this book demonstrates the direct link between Ferenczi’s pioneering work and subsequent psychoanalytic innovations. With rich clinical vignettes, newly unearthed historical data, and contemporary theoretical explorations, it will be of great interest and use to clinicians of all theoretical stripes, as well as scholars and historians.

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D. (Coeditor) is faculty and supervisor, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Faculty and Training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Psychoanalytic Perspectives and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Coeditor, Routledge’s Relational Perspectives Book Series.

Steven Kuchuck, LCSW (coeditor) is a faculty member, supervisor, Board member, and co-director of curriculum for the adult training program in psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and faculty, Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. Steven is Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and Associate Editor of Routledge’s Relational Perspectives Book Series.

Upcoming Presentations

October 19th-20th, 2017: Grand Rounds Presentations to Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University and APsaA Psychoanalytic Study Group, Syracuse, New York.

October 21st, 2017, 9AM: 40th Annual International Association for Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology (IAPSP) International Conference: "Empathic Depths and Relational Leaps: Creating Therapeutic Possibility" Panel Discussant for “The Analyst's Subjectivity: A Double-Edged Sword”. This Panel's participants will provide clinical material and theory to further our thinking about the double-edged sword of the analyst’s unique subjectivity as it emerges in specific analytic relationships: the double edge being that the analyst’s subjectivity is the only lens through which we can see and engage therapeutically with our patients but at the same time is an aspect of the analyst’s person that at times can create barriers to emotional intimacy or pull for particular manifestations of the patient’s pain and his problems in living.
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois

November 4th, 2017, All-day Seminar: Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Keeping Our Work Alive Seminar Series. More information to follow

December 9th, 2017 9 AM - 12:30 PM: Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Annual Conference. The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name-- On the Therapeutic Action and the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. This presentation will address an historical and current-day taboo; the loving, romantic, and erotic feelings that often arise on both sides of the couch, but seldom get discussed in the literature. Through exploration of newly evolving theory and detailed case examples, Steven Kuchuck will explore ways in which these therapist--patient subjective responses become a vital component of the therapeutic action and/or interfere with progress in treatment. Particular attention will be paid to the implications of these dynamics for male analytic dyads in which sexual orientation is discordant. Ample time will be allotted for audience discussion. Silver Spring Civic Building 
1 Veterans Plaza 
Silver Spring, MD 20910