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Borgogno, F. (2004). Why Ferenczi Today? The Contribution of Sándor Ferenczi to the Understanding and Healing of Psychic Suffering. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 13(1/2):5-13.

(2004). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 13(1/2):5-13

Why Ferenczi Today? The Contribution of Sándor Ferenczi to the Understanding and Healing of Psychic Suffering

Franco Borgogno

A society undergoing rapid change, which doubts its own possibilities of survival, calls into question the worth of psychoanalytical theory and practice. The author emphasizes that the Ferenczian clinical evolution could be a source of inspiration for reinvigorating our trust in the prodromes of the Freudian paradigm, and thus for relaunching the authoritativeness of our thought and our psychotherapeutic method. In this light the author examines the affective and cognitive qualities that render Ferenczi a mentor of our possible future development, taking into consideration the following aspects: the communicative and intersubjective perspective that denotes Ferenczi's thought since his first writings; the receptive, reflective, and self-reflective capacities which have progressively accompanied his own commitment and clinical attitude; and his elective work on trauma and “the traumatic”, including the algogenic messages transmitted during the healing process by analysts in fear (and perhaps terror) of their own regression and countertransferential catastrophe. In particular, these last events (central in the Ferenczian vision) are today specifically stimulated by new forms of pathology which search for, with our help, a resolution of the apathetic pain and the tearing apart of the identity that characterize the suffering of patients.

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