KLEIN, FERENCZI AND THE CLINICAL DIARY

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The aim of this article is to revisit Ferenczi’s Clinical Diary (1932) to investigate the influence he had on Melanie Klein’s work. It starts from the position that insufficient recognition has been given to Ferenczi’s contribution to Klein’s body of work and her professional development. Her analysis with Ferenczi lasted 5 years, a relatively long analysis for the period. It explores his influence in three specific areas: the importance of raw and early emotion in the maternal bond, the importance of freedom and authenticity in the analytic relationship, and finally the use of transference and countertransference feelings. Ferenczi’s ill-fated experiment with mutual analysis will be discussed as it opened up a route to explore the analytic relationship, with important consequences for the future development of psychoanalysis.

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Correspondence to Isabel Hernandez-Halton.

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A version of this paper was presented at the conference “Sincerity and freedom in psychoanalysis: A studio conference inspired by Sándor Ferenczi’s Clinical Diary,” October 2013, Freud Museum, London.

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Hernandez-Halton, I. KLEIN, FERENCZI AND THE CLINICAL DIARY. Am J Psychoanal 75, 76–85 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1057/ajp.2014.56

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Keywords

  • Ferenczi
  • the clinical diary
  • Melanie Klein
  • mutual analysis.