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The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi

The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi

Sándor Ferenczi

Edited by Judith Dupont
Translated by Michael Balint and Nicola Zarday Jackson

ISBN 9780674135277

Publication date: 03/19/1995

In the half-century since his death, the Hungarian analyst Sándor Ferenczi has amassed an influential following within the psychoanalytic community. During his lifetime Ferenczi, a respected associate and intimate of Freud, unleashed widely disputed ideas that influenced greatly the evolution of modern psychoanalytic technique and practice. In a sequence of short, condensed entries, Sándor Ferenczi’s Diary records self-critical reflections on conventional theory—as well as criticisms of Ferenczi’s own experiments with technique—and his obstinate struggle to divest himself and psychoanalysis of professional hypocrisy. From these pages emerges a hitherto unheard voice, speaking to his heirs with startling candor and forceful originality—a voice that still resonates in the continuing debates over the nature of the relationship in psychoanalytic practice.


  • Compelling… Ferenczi was an innovator, an experimenter, someone who was always trying new approaches to the treatment of mental illness, even when his unorthodox techniques placed him in opposition to his analyst and mentor, Sigmund Freud.

    —Stuart Schneiderman, New York Times Book Review


  • Judith Dupont is a psychoanalyst and lives in Paris.

Book Details

  • 256 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press