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Lugrin, Y. (2015). Lacan and Ferenczi: Paradoxical Kinship?. Am. J. Psychoanal., 75(1):86-93.

(2015). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75(1):86-93

Lacan and Ferenczi: Paradoxical Kinship?

Yves Lugrin, Ph.D.

The kinship between Ferenczi and Lacan can be compared with the phases of an eclipse. Throughout the first period of his teaching, Lacan presents Ferenczi as the most relevant analyst among the first pioneers. It is clear that he hopes to develop Ferenczi's subversive reflections about clinical practice. Surprisingly, in the second period references to Ferenczi seem to disappear, even when he takes on the question of trauma in light of what he calls the register of the Real; he does not cite Ferenczi at all. In a third period, after Lacan's death, certain Lacanians are very critical about Ferenczi, often excessively. Today, analysts open to Lacan's teaching are discovering Ferenczi and the richness of his work, in which Lacan found numerous springheads for his own work.

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