In the reading group we are trying to take a look at contemporary psychoanalytic papers (written within the last 5-10 years). The papers are read in advance and discussed at the meetings.
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THE LANGUAGE OF ABSENCE AND THE LANGUAGE OF TENDERNESS: THERAPEUTIC TRANSFORMATION OF EARLY PSYCHIC TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION AS RESOLUTION OF THE “IDENTIFICATION WITH THE AGGRESSOR”
by Hayuta Gurevich, M.A.
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Sandor Ferenczi (1933/1955a) was the first psychoanalyst to conceptualize the intrapsychic consequences of early developmental, relational trauma. He revived aspects of external trauma from Freud’s old renounced seduction theory, which he regarded as “undeservedly abandoned” (Ferenczi, 1930/1955, p. 108), only “to return to what was good in the teachings of the past” and combine it with “the more recent development of our science” (p. 113).
My intention in this paper is similar. Ferenczi’s original and innovative thinking contributed concepts that even today add, deepen, and enrich the theories of Winnicott and Kohut, Relational Theories, Attachment Theory, and contemporary theories of developmental trauma. Rereading Ferenczi’s work allows for a more integrated understanding of it, and enables embedding it in current conceptualizations.
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