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Szecsödy, I. (2007). Sándor Ferenczi - The First Intersubjectivist. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 30(1):31-41.

(2007). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 30(1):31-41

Sándor Ferenczi - The First Intersubjectivist

Imre Szecsödy, M.D., Ph.D.

Sdndor Ferenczi MD. (1873-1933) has been a controversial person in the history of psychoanalysis. He was on the one hand closely attached to Freud, on the other he experimented with a methodology different from Freud's, that led to a schism between him and many leading analysts. Contrary to his contemporaries, who saw countertransference as an impediment to analysis, Ferenczi emphasized that the analyst has to concern himself with the experienced trauma of the patient in order to find the core of the relationship between analyst and analysand. By placing the personal relationship between patient and analysis as the essence of treatment, he aimed to refine the gold ofpsychoanalysis itself. Today there are few analysts who do not accept that intersubjectivity is central to psychoanalysis. Nevertheless, in spite of his undeniable importance to psychoanalysis, none of Ferenczi's numerous publications have been translated into any of the Scandinavian languages.

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