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Jiménez-Avello, J. (2004). Trauma and Healing: from ‘Furor Sanandi’ to ‘Animus Sanandi’. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 13(1/2):39-44.

(2004). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 13(1/2):39-44

Trauma and Healing: from ‘Furor Sanandi’ to ‘Animus Sanandi’

José Jiménez-Avello, Ph.D.C

In his last period (1928-33), Ferenczi tried to complement the ‘negative’ technical principles first introduced by Freud in the 1910s. He introduced diverse and successive ‘positive instructions’, and specific techniques known as ‘elastic’ of ‘relaxation and neocatharsis’, and also made an unsucessful attempt to introduce ‘mutual analysis’. These techniques are implemented around a series of new technical principles including ‘tact’, ‘empathy’, ‘indulgence’, ‘intense sympathy’. All of these positive technical principles and innovations demonstrate the importance of considering the dimension of ‘healing’ in all analytic experiences and the importance of the analyst's functioning as the ‘healer’. The emphasis on the use of these new technical principles is consistent with the emphasis Ferenczi places upon countertransference and traumatic factors in psychopathogenesis.

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