Preliminary Reviews (The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi)

Reviews

“Ferenczi wanted his colleagues and pupils to think and work in their own unique ways and according to their own interests and personality. This is one of the reasons that therapists and analysts of various theoretical origins continue to be drawn to his propositions. Ferenczi was probably the first and perhaps still even the only psychoanalyst who did not speak of training in psychoanalysis, but of learning it according to one’s own rhythms rather than merely following a prescribed course. This important new book illustrates Ferenczi’s unique vision of psychoanalysis and summarizes and expands on the gifts psychoanalysts can find in the abundance of his work. It also offers a glimpse into Ferenczi’s personal history, and how this affected the ways in which he considered human beings, the world, psychoanalysis, and himself.” – Judith Dupont, Ph.D. Editor, The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi, Literary representative of Sándor Ferenczi, Recipient of the 2013 Sigourney Award

This fine collection of essays, written by clinicians and scholars of diverse backgrounds, honors the memory of Sándor Ferenczi, Sigmund Freud’s closest friend and collaborator, whose groundbreaking contributions to the theory and practice of psychoanalysis were scorned and marginalized by many of his contemporaries. The contributors to this volume have adroitly and sensitively demonstrated the relevance of Ferenczi’s ideas to current trends in psychoanalytic  thinking and are taking a major step toward restoring his legacy to its rightful place in history. – Peter T. Hoffer, Ph. D. Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia; Translator, The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi

When “The Legacy of Sándor Ferenczi” appeared in 1993, Ferenczi was often ignored or maligned in psychoanalytic circles. That book was a significant part of the Ferenczi Renaissance – a striking example of the psychoanalytic notion that the past keeps changing. The present volume appears in a different climate – Ferenczi, to our great benefit, returned from exile – and testifies to the continued liveliness of contemporary Ferenczi scholarship by eminent authors around the world, illuminating his life and the development of his stimulating revolutionary ideas. – Emanuel Berman, Ph.D. Israel Psychoanalytic Society

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