Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis, Revised Edition
Edited by Coline Covington, Barbara Wharton
Routledge – 2015 – 328 pages
Sabina Spielrein is perhaps best known for her love affair with her doctor, Carl Gustav Jung. Their intense therapeutic relationship led to a mutual fascination that lasted, for Spielrein, for the rest of her life. It is debatable whether Spielrein and Jung’s relationship was consummated, but it did give birth to some of the most important ideas within psychoanalysis and analytical psychology today, the most notable being that of the death instinct. But what happened to Spielrein and why have her story and work remained in the dark for so many years?
This second edition of Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis complements the first edition by retaining many of the most important documents about her life and work. Included in this edition are Jung’s hospital records of his treatment of Spielrein, Jung’s letters to Spielrein following her discharge in 1905, extracts from her personal diary, and her ground breaking paper on the development of language, "The origin of the child’s words Papa and Mama." New material includes Spielrein’s famous paper, "Destruction as a cause of coming into being", in which she formulates her theory of the death drive, a paper describing her place and contribution within Freud’s Vienna Circle, commentaries on the mutual erotic transference between Spielrein and Jung, and a theoretical discussion of her seminal ideas on aggression.
This new edition compiles the essential writings of Spielrein along with commentaries by prominent psychoanalytic and Jungian scholars. It is the definitive source book on Spielrein for clinicians, scholars and historians of psychoanalysis.
Coline Covington, Ph.D. is a training analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She is former editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and former chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is in private practice in London.
Since 2003, the definitive text on Sabina Spielrein has been Covington and Wharton’s collection of stellar papers. It is to this volume above all that we owe the very idea that Spielrein was an important psychoanalytic theorist. We enjoy exemplary historical research into Spielrein’s life and highly original treatment of her psychoanalytic writings. Included in this new edition are materials about Spielrein’s experiences in Freud’s Vienna and further elaborations of her role in the development of psychoanalytic theory. - Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex
Contributors. Preface to new edition. Preface. Acknowledgements. Text acknowledgements. Introduction, COLINE COVINGTON. Unedited extracts from a diary, SABINA SPIELREIN. The letters of C. G. Jung to Sabina Spielrein. Burgholzli hospital records of Sabina Spielrein. The Zurich School of Psychiatry in theory and practice: Sabina Spielrein’s treatment at the Burgholzli Clinic in Zurich, ANGELA GRAF-NOLD. Comments on the Burgholzli hospital records of Sabina Spielrein, COLINE COVINGTON. Tender love and transference: Unpublished letters of C.G. Jung and Sabina Spielrein (with an addendum/discussion), ZVI LOTHANE. Some historical roots of our current understanding of transference and symbolism, BARBARA WHARTON. Jung and Spielrein’s struggle with the erotic transference, COLINE COVINGTON. Sabina Spielrein in Vienna, 1911-1912: Muse and Nemesis, ROSEMARY BALSAM. Destruction as a cause of coming into being, SABINA SPIELREIN. Three psychoanalytic studies, SABINA SPIELREIN. Letter to Max Eitingon, SABINA SPIELREIN. The common thread among Abraham, Spielrein and Winnicott: on oral sadism and the roots of aggression, COLINE COVINGTON. The origin of the child’s words Papa and Mama. Some observations on the different stages in language development, SABINA SPIELREIN. Comment on Spielrein’s paper ‘The origin of the child’s words Papa and Mama’ BARBARA WHARTON. Index.
Coline Covington is a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist working in private practice in London.
Barbara Whartonis a training analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, London.