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31 August 1989
The Clinical Diary of Sandor​ Ferenczi 
edited by Judith Dupont, translated by Michael Balint and Nicola Zarday Jackson.
Harvard, 227 pp., £23.95, February 1989, 0 674 13526 1
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... It was Freud’s dubious privilege to attract endangered personalities. Possibly the most gifted, almost definitely the most interesting of these was SandorFerenczi; and the publication of a clinical journal he kept during most of 1932, the year before his death, allows the public interested in such matters to assess, far better than before, the range of his ...

Secrets

Adam Phillips

6 October 1994
The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi. Vol I: 1908-14 
edited by Eva Brabant, Ernst Falzeder and Patrizia Giampieri-Deutsch, translated by Peter Hoffer.
Harvard, 584 pp., £27.50, March 1994, 0 674 17418 6
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... is exactly this, or perhaps because it is, psychoanalysts have wanted to describe what they do as different, as rational even: dealing with the irrational but not dealing in it (‘On waking,’ Ferenczi writes mockingly to Freud, ‘one wants on no account to have thought something quite nonsensical or illogical’). It was important to Freud that psychoanalysis should not become a cult of the ...

Naughty Children

Christopher Turner: Freud’s Free Clinics

6 October 2005
Freud’s Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis and Social Justice 1918-38 
by Elizabeth Ann Danto.
Columbia, 348 pp., £19.50, May 2005, 0 231 13180 1
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... claiming that his schoolfriend Heinrich Braun, a prominent socialist in later life, ‘awakened a multitude of revolutionary trends in me’. The Habsburgs, he wrote to his colleague Sándor Ferenczi, had ‘left behind nothing but a pile of crap’. In postwar Red Vienna, Freud threw in his lot with the Social Democrats, using whatever influence he had to help politicians like Julius Tandler ...

Angering and Agitating

Christopher Turner: Freud’s fan club

30 November 2006
Freud’s Wizard: The Enigma of Ernest Jones 
by Brenda Maddox.
Murray, 354 pp., £25, September 2006, 0 7195 6792 0
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... to Europe in 1912, Freud agreed to analyse her. Jones himself, like many of the first generation of analysts, had never been analysed, so he went to Budapest for two months of couch-work with Sándor Ferenczi (this, Jones recorded, was the first ever training analysis). Freud wrote to Jones about Kann’s progress; one of Jones’s rare criticisms of Freud in his biography was that he was less than ...

Gentlemen’s Spleen

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen: Hysterical Men

27 August 2009
Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness 
by Mark Micale.
Harvard, 366 pp., £19.95, December 2008, 978 0 674 03166 1
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... his former friend’s ‘paranoia’ to a repressed homosexuality that Freud himself had managed to sublimate. ‘I have succeeded where the paranoiac [Fliess] fails,’ he wrote to Sándor Ferenczi in 1910. It is on Freud’s eminently self-serving interpretation of his relationship with Fliess that Ernest Jones and Ernst Kris, editor of the censored version of Freud’s letters to Fliess ...

Assault on Freud

Arnold Davidson

5 July 1984
Freud: The Assault on Truth 
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.
Faber, 308 pp., £9.95, May 1984, 0 571 13240 5
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... Interpretation of Dreams, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life and Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious. I have not discussed the last chapter of Masson’s book, which concerns the case of SandorFerenczi, since it raises questions distinct from those I consider most important. In 1932 Ferenczi presented a paper to the International Psychoanalytic Congress in Wiesbaden that put forward a ...
3 July 1986
Melanie Klein: Her World and her Work 
by Phyllis Grosskurth.
Hodder, 516 pp., £19.95, June 1986, 0 340 25751 2
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Bloomsbury/Freud: The Letters of James and Alix Strachey 1924-1925 
edited by Perry Meisel and Walter Kendrick.
Chatto, 360 pp., £14.95, February 1986, 0 7011 3051 2
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... solace in the new science of psychoanalysis. The Kleins’ move to Budapest in 1910 was a key factor in the change, for it was in Budapest that Melanie was to meet Freud’s disciple and colleague, SandorFerenczi. In about 1914, she read Freud’s paper on dreams (‘Uber den Traum’), realised that ‘that was what I was aiming at,’ and entered into analysis with Ferenczi. She attended the Fifth ...
2 June 1983
... are said to do from the world. In biographical terms, by taking up a historical case, that is to say Schreber, Freud may have been freeing himself – of his feelings toward Wilhelm Fliess, or SandorFerenczi, or, prophetically, Jung. He was also creating a form of thought that terminates the unhoused wanderings of paranoia as it had been thrown back and forth between the European psychiatric ...

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