By Elizabeth Severn, Peter L. Rudnytsky
Elizabeth Severn, often called "R.N." in Sandor Ferenczi’s Clinical Diary, was once Ferenczi’s analysand for 8 years, the sufferer with whom he performed his arguable scan in mutual research, and a psychoanalyst in her personal correct who had a transformative impact on his paintings. The Discovery of the Self is the distillation of that have and permits us to listen to the voice of 1 of an important sufferers within the historical past of psychoanalysis. despite the fact that, Freud branded Severn Ferenczi’s "evil genius" and her identify doesn't seem in Ernest Jones’s biography, so she has remained principally unknown in the past. This publication is a reissue of Severn’s landmark paintings of 1933, including an advent by way of Peter L. Rudnytsky that units out the unrecognized significance of her pondering either for the advance of psychoanalysis and for modern theory.
Inspired by way of the belief that Severn has embedded disguised case histories either one of herself and of Ferenczi, in addition to of her daughter Margaret, Rudnytsky indicates how The Discovery of the Self comprises "the different aspect of the tale" of mutual research and is therefore an necessary better half quantity to the Clinical Diary. an entire companion in Ferenczi’s rehabilitation of trauma conception and champion of the view that the analyst needs to perform the patient’s reliving of previous reviews, Severn emerges because the so much profound conduit for Ferenczi’s legacy within the usa, if no longer within the whole world.
Lacking any institutional credentials and as soon as thoroughly marginalized, Elizabeth Severn can in the end accept her due as a powerful psychoanalyst. Newly to be had for the 1st time in additional than 80 years, The Discovery of the Self is concurrently an interesting creation to psychotherapy that may entice normal readers in addition to a worldly textual content to be savored by means of psychoanalytic students and clinicians as a "prequel" to the works of Heinz Kohut and a missed vintage of relational psychoanalysis.