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Avello, J.J. (2012). With Ferenczi, the Contemporary Psychoanalyst is other. Am. J. Psychoanal., 72(1):3-15.

(2012). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 72(1):3-15


With Ferenczi, the Contemporary Psychoanalyst is other

José Jiménez Avello, M.D.

Ferenczi's main interests centered on the clinical situation, and through them he felt the need to reformulate, discard and expand many aspects of existing theory to the extent that, in my opinion, he succeeded in constructing a specifically Ferenczian metapsychological conception. After briefly outlining the essentials of Ferenczi's theoretical concepts—highlighting above all the importance given to the interaction with others in psychic configuration and functioning—I go the opposite way, in a “mutatis mutandis” game, “deducing,” as though they did not already exist and had to be invented, the technical and clinical approaches implied by this said metapsychology once it is constructed. One conclusion is that a psychoanalysis in tune with Ferenczi's conceptions is different from the one that ruled in the last century and in which a preferably solipsistic reading of Freud was dominant. Moreover, due to reasons that I will attempt to explain, today's psychoanalyst must stop thinking of himself as an absence (this is how I see the so-called “cure type” and others similar to it), and operate as a true other in a vivid relation with the patient.

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