To meet Ferenczi, co-creator of psychoanalysis

Other words and Cult Magazine will carry out the draw of a vacancy in the course Sándor Ferenczi’s psychoanalysis: between trauma and empathy, with Daniel Kupermann (USP), among the supporters of our journalism. The participation form will be sent by email and applications will be accepted until Thursday, 9/29 at 2pm. Who is Another Five Hundred is also entitled to 15% off when purchasing the course site of the Cult Space.

Psychoanalysis is now a practice with deep roots in Brazil. Its defenders were fundamental in the fight for the implementation of our psychiatric reform, a reference for the whole world. Curiously, the dossier of issue n° 284 of the cult magazinethe ideas of one of the main names of the first decades of the International Psychoanalytical Association never had a great entrance here: we are talking about the Hungarian doctor Sándor Ferenczi.

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Seeking to spread the study of the concepts proposed by this direct interlocutor of Sigmund Freud, the Cult Spacethe free school of the longest-running culture magazine in Brazil, organizes the course online “Psychoanalysis by Sándor Ferenczi: between trauma and empathy”. Daniel Kupermann, professor at the Institute of Psychology at USP (IPUSP), will be responsible for teaching the classes.

President of the Brazilian Research Group Sándor Ferenczi (GBPSF), and author of Why Ferenczi? (2019), Kupermann is recognized as one of the most dedicated scholars to Ferenczian thought and its in-depth discussion in Brazil.

The “inner circle” of Sigmund Freud (who died exactly 83 years ago from the day of publication of this text, by the way) was composed of several names well known to those with some familiarity with psychology: Ernest Jones, Otto Rank, Karl Abraham and others. It was a restricted network of sociability that brought paradigmatic contributions to this field of investigations and practices – even those that diverged from Freud, such as Carl Jung.

Ferenczi, Hungarian but trained and based in Vienna, was also part of Freud’s group of close collaborators. However, having been one of the first to die, still in 1933, he may have had his work undervalued in the light of history.

As Kupermann points out in his contribution to the Cult dossier, famous texts by the “father of psychoanalysis” were conceived to be in open dialogue with Ferenczi’s formulations, such as “Paths of psychoanalytic therapy” (1918) and “Analysis terminable and endless” (1937). The Austrian had such confidence in his “secret grand vizier”, as he called him, that he commissioned him to deliver the historic speech that proposed the creation of the International Psychoanalytic Association, at the 2nd Nuremberg Psychoanalysis Congress. He even presided over it between 1918 and 1919.

The so-called “inner circle” or “secret circle”, closest collaborators of Sigmund Freud. Freud is first on the left, seated, and Ferenczi is seated in the center.

But not only as a “second violin” of the master lived Sándor, named in honor of the Hungarian revolutionary Sándor Petofi, martyr of the People’s Spring Days of 1848. His theoretical contributions were lively and original, critically challenging Freud’s own propositions.

In contrast to the more passive and silent posture of the first Freudian clinical model, Ferenczi defended what he called an active technique, more incisive interventions on the part of the analyst. Radicalizing this idea, he proposed that analysis should be a process with reciprocity between analyst and analysand – it would be necessary to put empathy at the base of clinical interactions, leaving the distanced impassivity (so typical of traditional medicine) aside and deeply engaging in that relationship with the patient. the other: the so-called empathic clinical style.

Ferenczi also brought contributions to trauma theory, studying parental sexual abuse and introducing the concept of identification with the aggressor. Her work influenced seminal figures in childhood psychology: Melanie Klein became interested in studies in psychoanalysis when attending her courses, and Anna Freud developed in “The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense” (1936) the ways of identifying with the aggressor in childhood traumas. .

Freud and his group after a lecture at Clark University, in the United States, in 1909. Standing, from left to right, are Abraham Brill, Ernest Jones and Sándor Ferenczi. Sitting in the same vein are Freud, G. Stanley Hall and Carl Jung.

Despite being immersed in historical processes of paramount importance, Ferenczi and his corpus theoretical did not have a corresponding penetration in the studies of the following decades. Daniel Kupermann’s course at Espaço Cult will be a unique opportunity to get to know Ferencz’s conceptions and get closer to ideas hitherto little known in Brazil.

Always offering cultural opportunities to supporters of journalism of Other wordswe will draw a vacancy on the course Psychoanalysis by Sándor Ferenczi: between trauma and empathyin partnership with the Cult Magazine.

The participation form will be sent by email in the bulletin of Other Five hundred and applications will be accepted until the next Thursday, 9/29 at 2pm. Readers who collaborate with our independent, ratchet-free journalism are also entitled to a coupon for 15% off when purchasing the course.

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Course program

The objective of the course is to present the main beacons of the thought of the Hungarian psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933), Freud’s privileged interlocutor, true co-creator of psychoanalysis. The lack of knowledge of his work is due to the “death by silence” inflicted on him by the establishment psychoanalytic due to the disturbing character of his ideas, a lack that has been repaired since the late 1980s, with the establishment and translation of his texts – originally written in Hungarian and German – into French, English, German and Portuguese. In the course, we will address the following points that characterize his thinking: the active technique, the rescue of the problem of trauma in psychoanalysis, the environmentalist turn, the empathic clinical style and neocatharsis.

Class 1 – The active technique: Ferenczi with Freud (24/10, from 20:00 to 21:30)

Class 2 – Traumatic denial, cleavage and identification with the aggressor (10/31, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm)

Class 3 – The empathic style in psychoanalysis (07/11, from 20:00 to 21:30)

Class 4 – From obscene words to the language of tenderness (11/14, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm)

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Daniel Kupermann is a psychoanalyst, professor at the Institute of Psychology at the University of São Paulo, researcher at CNPq and president of the Brazilian Research Group Sándor Ferenczi. He is the author of the book Why Ferenczi? (Zagodoni publishing house), also published in France by Ithaque publishing house, and the books Cross-transfers: a history of psychoanalysis and its institutions (Zagodoni publisher), Dare to laugh: humor, creation and psychoanalysisand Sensitive presence: care and creation in the psychoanalytic clinic, published by the publishing house Artes & Ecos. Instagram: @danielkupermann

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