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Calvesi, A. (1983). The Analytic Relationship and Its Therapeutic Factors from A Parapsychological Viewpoint. Psychoanal. Rev., 70:387-402.

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(1983). Psychoanalytic Review, 70(3):387-402

The Analytic Relationship and Its Therapeutic Factors from A Parapsychological Viewpoint

Alessandro Calvesi

If only one accustoms oneself to the idea of telepathy, one can accomplish a great deal with it—for the time being, it is true, only in imagination. (Freud, 1932, p. 55)

Introductory Note

Emilio Servadio

In 1978, Dr. Cristian Eric Cardéna Buelna, in order to be formally accepted as a psychoanalyst by the Círculo Mexicano de Psicología Profunda, presented a 59-page thesis entitled “Psychoanalysis and Parapsychology: A Comparative Study.” This work develops the subject in a very convincing way. Its acceptance by the Mexican Association seemed to me quite significant. It shows, among other things, that the guidelines set forth by Freud are still valid, although many scientists and institutions have raised objections to parapsychology. There were substantial contributions to the subject during the Fourth International Conference of Psichotronics, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil June 30-July 7, 1979. The reports at this Conference by two Brazilian clinical psychologists, Dr. Julica Kistos and Dr. A. Samuel, were particularly striking. They pointed out the existence and the importance of extrasensory perception in some psychological disorders and the possibility that knowledge of ESP phenomena may have application in psychotherapy. They observed that ESP manifestations may sometimes be confused with psychotic symptoms. Moreover, “the way the paranormal shows itself depends, to a certain extent, on the structure of personality.” They concluded that “we must avoid confining the symptoms within categories fixed in advance,


* Given at a scientific meeting of the Istituto Romano di Psicoanalisi, January 30, 1980.

** Emilio Servadio is a Member of the Board of Consultants of this journal.

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