Ferenczi for Our Times: The Psychic Life of Fragments. On Psychic Splitting

The second of two day courses led by Dr Raluca Soreanu

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7 July, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

£45 – £65

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The issue of psychic splitting is at the heart of contemporary psychoanalytic debates.

Sándor Ferenczi makes a unique contribution to imagining psychic fragments and working with them clinically. We ask, with Ferenczi: what are the “lives” of the fragments that result from processes of psychic splitting? And how do these “lives of fragments” manifest themselves in the consulting room?

We explore the Orpha-fragment of the psyche and its relationship to the superego. We discuss Ferenczi’s main contributions to psychoanalytic technique, including his formulation on active technique, the elasticity of technique, the principle of relaxation, and neo-catharsis.

We conclude with some reflections on the contemporary clinic, focusing on the relevance of Ferenczian theory for the discussions on narcissistic pathologies and psychosomatics.

10:00-11:20: [5] Identification with the Aggressor. A Phenomenology of Psychic Splitting

11:40-13:00: [6] The Psychic Life of Fragments. Orpha, Teratoma and Other Monsters

14:00-15:20: [7] Neo-Catharsis. Innovations on Psychoanalytic Technique

15:40-17:00: [8] A Narcissism of Fragments. Implications for the Contemporary Clinic

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SOREANU Ferenczi for our Times PART 2 SYLLABUS 2019

SOREANU Ferenczi for our Times PROGRAMME 2019


Dr Raluca Soreanu is a psychoanalyst, effective member of Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro, and Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London.


Tea and coffee will be provided during breaks. Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom, or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.



7 July, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
£45 – £65
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Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London, NW3 5SX United Kingdom
020 7435 2002

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