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The Parnas: A Scene from the Holocaust, by Silvano Arieti, Paul Dry Books, Philadelphia, PA, 2000, 158pp.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-11-05 18:00
Authors: Covitz H PMID: 29109442 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Shining a Psychoanalytic Light on Alienation, Otherness, and Xenophobia.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-11-05 18:00
Authors: Koritar E PMID: 29109443 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Psychoanalysis in an Age of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization, by Neil Altman, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2015, 140pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-10-31 18:00
Psychoanalysis in an Age of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization, by Neil Altman, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2015, 140pp. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Nov 01;: Authors: Rachmani V PMID: 29093573 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Moral injury.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-29 18:00
MORAL INJURY. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Oct 30;: Authors: Antonelli M Abstract The devastating effect on the self of moral injury, often a core component of trauma, occurring when one's actions have profoundly violated one's code of ethics, when one has been a victim of such violation, or when one has been a passive witness, has been extensively explored as it has occurred in veterans of the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Two examples illustrate its prevalence in civilian life. The literature shows violation of expected empathy from and for others, inherent in our nature, is more devastating than violation of the ethical code of our culture or sub-culture, adherence to which becomes urgent as our need emerges to belong to the culture or subculture of which we are a...
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Our Relations to Refugees: Between Compassion and Dehumanization.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-29 18:00
Authors: Varvin S Abstract After the so-called refugee crisis of 2015-2016 European reactions to foreigners had come to the fore and we are seeing xenophobic political and populist movements become increasingly mainstream. The massive rejection of refugees/asylum seekers taking place has made their conditions before, during and after flight, increasingly difficult and dangerous. This paper relates current xenophobia to historical attitudinal trends in Europe regarding Islam, and claims that a much more basic conflict is at work: the one between anti-modernism/traditionalism and modernism/globalization. Narratives on refugees often relate them to both the foreign (Islam) and to "trauma". In an environment of insecurity and collective anxiety, refugees may represent something alien a...
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I Am a Mystery to Myself.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: Miller J Abstract Throughout my lifetime I have had a vague sense of my identity. There were no distinct memories or stories from my childhood and adolescence to provide me with the recognition, much less an appreciation, for who I was in the world. It wasn't until I entered psychotherapy that revelations about my family life came into understanding. This was not from any recollecting of actual events but from the indirect observations of families where being engaged with each other had occurred. Through psychoanalysis, reading a variety of psychoanalytic thinkers, and by taking up my own writing I was encouraged to discover myself, even at the cost of the sorrow of never having that encouragement in growing up, the cost that comes with the exploration. Where no childhood ...
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Anti-semitism and Xenophobia.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: Kogan I Abstract This paper explores the link between anti-Semitism and xenophobia from a psychoanalytic prism. The author claims that anti-Semitism is a particular form of xenophobia directed against Jews, with some unique characteristics. She first introduces some basic notions about xenophobia, and then discusses the origins of anti-Semitism as they are viewed in early psychoanalytic thinking and in contemporary psychoanalysis. The article explores the nature of anti-Semitism in society today, and presents some reflections on the interplay between anti-Semitism and other kinds of xenophobia. PMID: 29062130 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel: Two Historical Contributions.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: Bacciagaluppi M Abstract This paper discusses two 19th century French-speaking authors, Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel, who both employed hypnosis and in various ways were early influences on psychoanalysis. To acquaint the reader with the clinical works of these pioneers, a long case history by Janet, and a case history by Forel are presented. The connections between these two authors and modern developments are discussed. Both historical figures were contemporaries of Freud and their at times contentious relationships became part of their legacy. PMID: 29062131 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Some Paths Towards Psychotic Alienation.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: De Masi F Abstract In this paper I use the term alienation to describe the mind's detachment from psychic reality and its withdrawal into an alien world that leads to progressive dehumanization. In spite of this phenomenon having a psychodynamic nosography and descriptive models that effectively reveal it in detail, mental alienation is still mysterious and unsettling, especially when it manifests all of a sudden in clinical work. Alienating withdrawal into sensory fantasizing, which causes increasing loss of contact with human reality, is often preceded by a long period of time spent in a dissociated world that has gradually replaced psychic reality. However, prior to the human world being completely replaced by the alien world, both worlds coexisted for a considerable le...
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Second special issue: heritage of a psychoanalytic mind. ferenczi international conference in toronto.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-09-12 18:00
SECOND SPECIAL ISSUE: HERITAGE OF A PSYCHOANALYTIC MIND. FERENCZI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TORONTO. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Sep 13;: Authors: Garon J PMID: 28904395 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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The Failure of Clara Thompson's Ferenczian (Proxy) Analysis of Harry Stack Sullivan.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-09-12 18:00
Authors: Meigs K Abstract After hearing Ferenczi's talks on theory and practice in New York in 1926, psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan urged his friend and colleague Clara Thompson to get analyzed by Ferenczi so they could learn his technique. After saving for 2 years Thompson was a patient of Ferenczi for three summers and then moved to Budapest full-time for analysis until Ferenczi's death. Two years after she returned to New York she attempted to analyze Sullivan. Analysis was broken off in anger by Sullivan after 14 months. Before the promised Ferenczian analysis began Thompson discovered Wilhelm Reich's Character Analysis (1933) and she tried an aggressive attack on character with Sullivan rather than Ferenczian trauma-oriented "relaxation" and "neocathartic" therapy. Sulliva...
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Ferenczi's evolving conception of narcissisic pathology and its basis in trauma.

MedWorm - Thu, 2017-08-03 18:00
FERENCZI'S EVOLVING CONCEPTION OF NARCISSISIC PATHOLOGY AND ITS BASIS IN TRAUMA. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Aug 04;: Authors: Frankel J Abstract Ferenczi's landmark contributions to understanding and treating psychological trauma are inseparable from his evolving conception of narcissism, though he grasped their interrelationship only gradually. Ultimately, he saw narcissistic disorders as the result of how children cope with abuse or neglect, and their aftermath-they identify and comply with the needs of the aggressor, and later of people more generally, and dissociate their own needs, feelings, and perceptions; and they compensate for their submission and sacrifice of self by regressing to soothing omnipotent fantasies-which, ironically, may facilitate continued submissio...
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Book Reviews : Reclaiming Unlived Life: Experiences in Psychoanalysis, by Thomas Ogden, Routledge, London and New York, 2016, 206pp.

MedWorm - Wed, 2017-07-26 18:00
Authors: Koritar E PMID: 28751657 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Unconscious perception and reverie: an intersubjective connection.

MedWorm - Wed, 2017-07-26 18:00
Authors: Bandeira ML Abstract This paper discusses an intriguing topic for psychoanalysis: the concept of unconscious communication. Beginning with the concept of unconscious perception, it moves on to figurability and culminates with reverie. Auxiliary concepts, such as receptive unconscious, intersubjectivtiy, countertransferrence and empathy, are discussed in order to articulate the conceptual network on which theoretical arguments are based. PMID: 28751658 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Ferenczi's Revolutionary Therapeutic Approach.

MedWorm - Wed, 2017-07-26 18:00
Authors: Mucci C Abstract Many of the revolutionary principles introduced by Ferenczi in his clinical practice have now been widely accepted especially in the field of trauma and trauma therapy. Examples of these innovative views include his emphasis on empathy as opposed to technical neutrality and his stress on the real conditions of child caring and family environmental deficits and on the consequences of interpersonal violence and abuse that lead to "identification with the aggressor" by the victim thereby resulting in the internalization of both aggressiveness and guilt (the split guilt of the abuser). The resulting "fragmentation" of the personality, which is now considered dissociation (instead of Freud's "repression"), is at the root of several severe disorders, characteriz...
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Something Was Lost in Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle: A Ferenczian Reading.

MedWorm - Wed, 2017-07-26 18:00
Authors: Soreanu R Abstract Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) brought a lot of new possibilities to psychoanalytic theory, but also a series of losses. While I recognize the importance of the death drive as a metapsychological construct, I argue that the first thing that went missing with the arrival of this groundbreaking Freudian text is the theorization of the ego instincts or the self-preservative drives. Freud never articulated some plausible inheritors of the ego instincts. I follow the Budapest School, and especially the voice of Sándor Ferenczi, for addressing this loss. The second thing that went missing after Beyond the Pleasure Principle is our openness in thinking through repetition. With the seductive formulation of the "daemonic" repetition in this 1920 te...
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The Power of Names: Uncovering the Mystery of What We are Called, by Mavis Himes, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, 2016, 223pp.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-07-23 18:00
Authors: Castelloe MS PMID: 28740193 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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The "method of game": s Ándor ferenczi and his patient dm./clara thompson.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-07-23 18:00
THE "METHOD OF GAME": SÁNDOR FERENCZI AND HIS PATIENT DM./CLARA THOMPSON. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Jul 24;: Authors: Cohen E Abstract The aim of this paper is to study the Thompson-Ferenczi therapeutic relationship. Ferenczi paid increasing attention to the way in which patient's early life experiences were reenacted in the transference countertransference matrix. Ferenczi's (1931) description of how he "entered into a game" with a patient, has come to be known as enactment. Ferenczi exchanged the word "game" with "play" when patients enacted their past traumatic experiences in analysis. These enactments uncovered the unconscious "dialogue of the game" (Ferenczi, 1932, p. 130), and Ferenczi described them in his Clinical Diary (1932) in his work with Thompson. Using the ...
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Searching for a Sensitive Way of Working Through.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-07-23 18:00
Authors: Kupermann D Abstract This work intends to present aspects of clinical work in which the Ferenczian proposition of neo-catharsis, as re-emergence of repressed affective experience in the transference and countertransference presents itself as a challenge to the analyst, since a standard, classical technical approach results in repetition of past trauma with the analyst as perpetrator. A deviation from standard technique-free association, the principle of abstinence in transference, and interpretation-involving empathic listening, and affective sharing contains the patient's suffering. The re-emergence of suffering and terror, which represents the repressed affect associated with the traumatic past, but with a sympathetic and sensitive analyst, sharing their experience, is c...
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A Different Path: An Emotional Autobiography, by Neville Symington, Karnac, London, 2016, 323pp.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-07-23 18:00
Authors: Vida JE PMID: 28740196 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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