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On Michael Balint, Cases and Countertransference’

Soreanu, Raluca (2018) 'On Michael Balint, Cases and Countertransference’.' The Journal of the Balint Society, 46. 57 - 63.

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Abstract

The article looks at the place of cases in the psychoanalytic universe of Michael Balint, while giving special attention to his work Balint groups. I argue that the case was at the heart of Balint’s work of orchestrating a complicated and creative encounter between psychoanalysis and medicine. I evoke Balint’s explorations and his formative years in Budapest, in the 1920s and 1930s, where he was greatly influenced by the epistemological ideas of Sándor Ferenczi. I discuss Ferenczi’s lesser known idea of “utraquism” of the sciences, and his medical utopia, which puts psychoanalysis at the centre. I also look at the place of countertransference in the theories and practices of the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis. These early elaborations on countertransference constituted “the case” as a particular kind of epistemic unit and produced some mutations in terms of the contexts where psychoanalysis can be imagined to work creatively.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25922

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