- Tapa blanda: 110 páginas
- Editor: Lulu.com (22 de diciembre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1470972875
- ISBN-13: 978-1470972875
Sex Versus Survival. The Story Of Sabina Spielrein: Her Life, Her Ideas, Her Genius. (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 22 dic 2011
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'Sex versus Survival' is the first biography of Sabina Spielrein to put her life and ideas at the center of the story, and aimed at the general reader. Famous for her affair with Carl Jung and her part in the rift between Jung and Freud, Sabina Spielrein was also a highly original thinker in her own right. Drawing on her sexual encounters with Jung, she proposed a radical theory of human sexuality. It was rejected by Freud and his successors, but much of it has been vindicated by modern discoveries including the 'selfish gene' and evolutionary psychology. 'Sex versus Survival' offers a short and highly readable account of Spielrein's life and ideas. It draws on her diaries and papers, her correspondence with Jung and Freud, and a wide range of sources that have become available since John Kerr wrote 'A Dangerous Method' almost twenty years ago. 'Sex versus Survival' tells the story of Sabina Spielrein in an entirely new way, stakes a claim for her genius.
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It is particularly shocking to read the letters that Jung and Freud exchanged about her, quoted at length in this book. When Jung was trying to extricate himself from the affair, and Spielrein was also trying refer herself to Freud, both of the men plotted quite explicitly to trick her into thinking Freud didn't really understand what was going on. Spielrein comes over in the correspondence as an amazing woman - gutsy, decent and straightforward - while the two men try to run rings around her. In the end, Freud seems to have gained a lot of respect for her as a person, and Jung even apologized, after a fashion. Spielrein then went on to have an amazing career, working with people like Piaget and becoming one of the first psychoanalysts in Russia. This book shows how a lot of her original ideas have become standard in the world of evolutionary studies, and how some people in the therapy world are starting to think the same way. I had only heard her name in connection with Jung before, but it made me look at Sabina Spielrein with huge respect.
As an historical account it addresses many aspects of the relationship between Freud and Jung, throwing light on hitherto unrecognised incidents. It also applauds the work and insights of a woman whose thinking was so far ahead of her time it was largely dismissed by her better-known peers. Psychoanalysis was to become one of the most influential movements of the 20th century. While its adherents emphasised its scientific origins from observed data, it was curiously disconnected from emerging biological understanding owing to Freud's insistence on a world view which emphasised a split between the mind and the physical world. Spielrein attempted to create a theory to explain the development of the mind and its manifestation as a set of biological processes using evolutionary principles. The story of this early attempt to give the discipline some biological grounding (and how, ultimately, this attempt failed) is intriguing. Dr Launer is a sympathetic commentator on the development of psychoanalysis and makes us wonder what might have been had Spielrein's ideas been accepted, and, more poignantly, had she lived through the holocaust.
Like Spielrein's life, Dr Launer's account straddles two worlds: the world of psychoanalysis and the world of biological sciences. Readers unfamiliar with either (or both) need not fear they will be left in the dark: Dr Launer's easy familiarity with both disciplines and stimulating writing style assures us that we are always accompanied by an articulate and authoritative guide.
I also discovered that this is now available as a paperback details of which you can get from Dr Launer's website [..] or from this link [..]