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Wilson, E., Jr. (1989). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVII, 1983: Ferenczi, theEnfant Terribleof Psychoanalysis: An Aspect of the Negative Transference. Jacqueline Miller. Pp. 1165-1181.. Psychoanal Q., 58:326-326.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVII, 1983: Ferenczi, theEnfant Terribleof Psychoanalysis: An Aspect of the Negative Transference. Jacqueline Miller. Pp. 1165-1181.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:326-326

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVII, 1983: Ferenczi, theEnfant Terribleof Psychoanalysis: An Aspect of the Negative Transference. Jacqueline Miller. Pp. 1165-1181.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Miller realizes that the paucity of texts and letters available to us makes a reconstruction of the historical situation and unconscious motives concerning Ferenczi's negative transference to Freud a difficult enterprise. Nonetheless, she attempts to analyze some of the aspects that may have been involved in Ferenczi's complaints about his analytic work with Freud, especially his rebuke about Freud's failure to recognize and analyze the negative transference. She discusses Freud's paper, "Analysis Terminable and Interminable," which some have considered a veritable posthumous dialogue of Freud with Ferenczi. Miller develops the theme of the dead mother as a possible source of the negative transference problem. She suggests that Ferenczi had developed a transference depression in the analysis which was a repetition of an infantile depression experienced when his mother was in mourning for a sibling. This depression perhaps reverberated with Freud's own prehistory of infantile mourning which reflected that of his own mother for losses she had experienced. If this is so, Freud's comments to H. D. about his difficulties in accepting the mother transference might apply in his conduct of Ferenczi's analysis.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1989). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVII, 1983. Psychoanal. Q., 58:326-326

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