Elizabeth Severn: The 'Evil Genius' of Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Arnold W. Rachman

Elizabeth Severn: The 'Evil Genius' of Psychoanalysis

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2017
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 332
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  • Catalogue No : 93286
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138122871
  • ISBN 10 : 1138122874
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Elizabeth Severn: The `Evil Genius' of Psychoanalysis chronicles the life and work of Elizabeth Severn, both as one of the most controversial analysands in the history of psychoanalysis, and as a psychoanalyst in her own right. Condemning as an evil genius, Freud disapproved of Severn's work and had her influence expelled from the psychoanalytic mainstream. In this book, Arnold William Rachman draws on years of research into Severn to present a much-needed reappraisal of her life and work, as well as her contribution to modern psychoanalysis. Rachman's re-discovery, restoration and analysis of The Elizabeth Severn Papers - including previously unpublished interviews, books, brochures and photographs - suggests that, far from a failure, the analysis of Severn by Sandor Ferenczi constitutes one of the great cases in psychoanalysis, one that was responsible for a new theory and methodology for the study and treatment of trauma disorder, in which Severn played a pioneering role. Elizabeth Severn should be of interest to any psychoanalyst looking to shed fresh light on Severn's progressive views on clinical empathy, self-disclosure, countertransference analysis, intersubjectivity, and the origins of relational analysis.

About the Author(s)

Arnold W. Rachman, PhD, FAGPA, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society, New York; a Clinical Professor of Psychology at Derner Institute, Adelphi University; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York University Medical School; on the Faculty of the Trauma and Disaster Studies Program, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; on the Board of Directors, Sandor Ferenczi Study Center, New School for Social Research; and author of: Sandor Ferenczi: The Psychotherapist of Tenderness and Passion and Psychotherapy of Difficult Cases: Flexibility & Responsiveness in Clinical Practice.

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