Herbert Rosenfeld at Work: The Italian Seminars

Author(s) : Franco De Masi, Author(s) : Herbert A. Rosenfeld

Herbert Rosenfeld at Work: The Italian Seminars

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2001
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 264
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  • Catalogue No : 14616
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855752641
  • ISBN 10 : 1855752646
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Between 1978 and 1985 Dr Herbert Rosenfeld was one of a number of British analysts invited by a group of Societa di Psicoanalisi Italiani members to conduct a series of seminars and supervisions for the purpose of deepening and refining that group's clinical skills and theoretical understanding. This book is an illuminating record of that encounter, and a warm tribute to the significant influence of Rosenfeld's contribution.

It is divided into two parts - 'Theoretical' and 'Clinical', and based on a selection of verbatim transcripts recorded at the time. These transcripts, with their dialogical form, succeed in capturing much of the specificity of oral exchange, and thus convey a strong impression of Rosenfeld the man as much as clinician or theoretician.

Rosenfeld remained to the end a continuously creative analyst and these 'last thoughts' provide the reader with ample evidence of his undimmed gifts. His subtle intuitions, meticulously close attention to both patient's and analyst's interpretations, and fine appreciation of the intricacies of the analytic encounter, are abundantly present.

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'Rosenfeld's particular theoretical approach is a combination of his clinical experience and his capacity for- or, one should say, art of observation and interpretation. He has the gift of an astonishing capacity for identification with psychotic sufferance, defenses, and ways of thinking.'
- Riccardo Steiner from the Preface

About the Author(s)

Franco De Masi is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society and former President of Centro Milanese di Psicoanalisi and Secretary of the Training Milanese Institute. He is a medical doctor and a psychiatrist who worked for twenty years in psychiatric hospitals. Now he lives and works as a full time psychoanalyst in Milan. Currently his main interests are focused on the theoretical and technical psychoanalytical issues related to severely ill patients. He has published several papers in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and in the Rivista Italiana di Psicoanalisi. He is author and editor of numerous books including Making Death Thinkable.

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Dr Herbert Rosenfeld (1909-1986) was born in Germany and came to Britain as a refugee in 1935. An analysand of Melanie Klein, his particular interest in the schizophrenias established him as one of the foremost authorities on the elucidation of psychotic states from a Kleinian perspective.

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