Occultism and the Origins of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Ferenczi and the Challenge of Thought Transference

Author(s) : Maria Pierri

Occultism and the Origins of Psychoanalysis: Freud, Ferenczi and the Challenge of Thought Transference

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 276
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 96942
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032159553
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032159

Reviews and Endorsements

"This book gives back to contemporary psychoanalysis the pleasure of exploring really little-known territories, fascinatingly restoring the connection between the past, present and 'elsewhere' of communications between human beings, using the Freudian experience as its starting point, in order to reconsider in a reflective way the less visible, sometimes disorienting and mysterious levels of psychoanalytic practice. It offers us an especially valuable reflection on the mysterious communicating paths which put individual and group unconsciouses in contact with each other, often bypassing in an apparently disconcerting manner the border controls." - Stefano Bolognini, past president of the IPA and the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

"Following the thread of thought-transference, Maria Pierri goes through the events of the Freudian endeavour starting from its roots in hypnosis and occultism, through the dialogue with the masters, the pupils and the great female patients, the leading actresses of the cure. In his disquieting curiosity for telepathy, which he shared intimately with Ferenczi, Freud discovers that fortune-tellers, who do not know the future, can read the unconscious of their clients. But the 'golden coin' of occultism, the generative mother-child communication, will be the great discovery of Ferenczi." - Luis J. Martin Cabré, training analyst, past president, Madrid Psychoanalytical Association.

"Today we know much about the polyphonic complex of contexts, experiences, relationships and ideas which made psychoanalysis possible and still nourish its current debates. We can be very grateful to Maria Pierri for bringing us up to date with the role and meaning of some little-known aspects of Freud’s life and work concerning occultism and the fascinating dialogue of the unconsciouses developed with Ferenczi: what the Author identifies as one of the matrices of the developments of contemporary psychoanalysis." - Marco Conci, MC, IPA Committee on the History of Psychoanalysis.

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