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Michael Balint's Word Trail: The ‘Ocnophil’, the ‘Philobat’ and Creative Dyads

Soreanu, Raluca (2019) 'Michael Balint's Word Trail: The ‘Ocnophil’, the ‘Philobat’ and Creative Dyads.' Psychoanalysis and History, 21 (1). 53 - 72. ISSN 1460-8235

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In this paper, I discuss how Michael Balint arrived at the concepts of ‘ocnophil’ and ‘philobat’, which refer to two kinds of object relations. I look at the correspondence between Balint and the classical scholar David Eichholz. The two crafted these words together in a passionate exchange of letters. By recognizing the importance of creative dyads in psychoanalysis, we gain more insight into the creation of psychoanalytic knowledge beyond the frame of individual authorship. I read the collaboration between Balint and Eichholz in its historical and theoretical context, particularly in relation to the Budapest School of psychoanalysis, where intellectual collaborations had an important place. The Budapest School was Michael Balint's first home, and it shaped his epistemic and psychoanalytic style. Balint constructed his psychoanalytic theories in a spirit of openness, maintaining a commitment to conversations between psychoanalysis and other disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 14:40
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 15:15

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