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  Ich hiess Tatiana Rosenthal 


  Background music: Pesnia o Shchorse [Song about Shchors] music: M. Blanter, lyrics: M. Golodniy; 1935
About the " Psycho-suiciders"  


 About T. Rosenthal's biography  


About T. Rosenthal's essays




  Photo: Sabine Spielrein



  Photo: V. M. Bechterev

Photo:  Bechterev during a hypnosis seance.
  Photo: a picture from Cronstadt insurrection (1921)


  Photo: a portrait of Dostoevsky  

Photo: A. Luria










"History of the Unconscious in Soviet Russia" by Alberto Angelini

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Published Jung's "Red Book".

Edited and Introduced by Sonu Shamdasani, Translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck, and Sonu Shamdasani


When C.G. Jung embarked on the extended self-exploration he called his "confrontation with the unconscious", the heart of it was The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principal theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.
       While Jung considered The Red Book to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. The publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology.

October 2009 • £120.00 • ISBN 978 0 393 06567 1 • 416pp • 300 x 380mm • 212 colour illustrations

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(publication en français)

Publication de l'article "LA HONTE ET L'AGE DANGEREUX" de Giuseppe Leo. 

Cet article a été presenté comme intervention au colloque "Il n'y a plus de honte dans la culture?" (Rome, 18-19 septembre 2009).

<<Dans cette intervention je me propose de tracer une sorte de « phénoménologie psychique évolutive » de la crise de l’age moyen à la lumière de l’évolution psychologique du personnage littéraire de Elsie. On verra que les vicissitudes intérieures du personnage conçu par Karin Michaelis semblent reparcourir des trajectoires évolutives assez typiques sur lesquelles chaque biographie, soit qu’il s’agit d’homme soit que de femme, tombe en passant de la jeunesse à l’age mur avancé et à la vieillesse (en français, on dit aussi « entre deux ages » pour désigner un homme d’age moyen). Je tracerai trois phases évolutives de la « mid-life crisis » - séparation, liminalité et réintégration – dont  je essayera d’associer chacune à une spécifique typologie de honte.

Une allusion sera faite à l’élément tout à fait escompté et banal que les psychanalystes non plus échappent aux vicissitudes, souvent dramatiques, de cet age transitionnel qui en quelqu'un d’entre eux, heureusement des cas isolés, peut entrainer le suicide. Et il se peut  que ce n’est pas fortuit l’interet qui Tatiana Rosenthal, <<jeune (à 36 ans), douée, active, heureuse dans sa profession, mère d’un enfant intelligent qui elle aimait tendrement>>(Neiditsch S., 1921, cfr. Marti J., 1978), montrait à l’age dangereux de Elsie si c’est vrai que elle se suicida juste à l’entrée de cet age plein de bilans et de remaniements intérieurs. L’analyse de l’œuvre littéraire de Karin Michaelis contient peut etre la clé pour faire lumière sur le mystérieux suicide de son critique>>



Book issue: Giuseppe Leo, "Vite soffiate. I vinti della psicoanalisi", Edizioni Frenis Zero (Lecce), ISBN 978-88-903710-0-4, pages 224, € 18,00

<<What kind of mystery does it hide behind these psychoanalysts' suicides: Tatiana Rosenthal, Viktor Tausk, Wilhelm Stekel, Herbert Silberer? Karin Stephen, a sister-in-law of Virginia Woolf, psychoanalyst herself, decides to follow the biographical tracks of these who all were authentically pioneers of the psychoanalysis, someone of them even very close to Sigmund Freud. During a stay at Zurich, Karin comes up against an unpublished manuscript, written by Otto Gross, an austrian psychoanalyst who was admitted several times into psychiatric asylums for  drug addiction. Otto's papers seem to her to contain illuminating revelations about these losers of psychoanalysis, whose lives seem to be interlaced through exchanges of letters, poetries, journal fragments. But Otto's manuscript is  litterary falsehood or authentic?

Finally, Karin Stephen herself will die in the same way of her colleagues whose lives she dedicated herself: she  committed suicide in 1953 in Britain.>>

To order on line the book click to http://ilmiolibro.kataweb.it/libro.asp?id=63890


Publication (in italian) in Setting revue (n. 24 - 2007): "Auto-emancipazione e psicoanalisi: il percorso umano di Tatiana Rosenthal".

Abstract in english:

The article points out Tatiana Rosenthal’s deep and tragic life, a Russian psychoanalyst trained in Zurich who lived between 1884 and 1920, that has been shrouded in mystery up to now. She took a great interest into the application of psychoanalysis to literature, confuting Freud’s singleness of sexual genesis stating that the problem of the artistic creation cannot be reduced to a matter of unconscious conflicts. At its core we would find the humiliation experience and the struggle for the diametrically opposite one’s own supremacy, connected to the aggressive tendency in Adler’s work. Her mot famous paper was published in 1911 and consisted of a psychoanalytic reading of one of the Danish writer Karin Michaelis’ most famous novels. We have only one of Tatiana Rosenthal’s other papers: Dostojevskij’s suffering and creating: A psychogenetic analysis(1920), translated into Italian in Giornale storico di Psicologia dinamica The author summarizes and illustrates critically this almost unknown pioneer and woman’s figure, through a very documented and partially new reconstruction, up to the tragic end of her life, due to a suicide and to the underlying depressive mood.


To order the paper, contact "Franco Angeli Editore": www.francoangeli.it/Riviste/Scheda_Riviste.asp?IDArticolo=33756&Tipo=Articolo%20PDF




New findings about Tatiana Rosenthal's biography have come out following on the examination (by Dr. Giuseppe Leo) of Zuerich University archives. They will be published soon.


In the internet revue "Frenis Zero" (url: http://web.tiscali.it/bibliopsi/frenishome.htm ) has been published (in italian version) an excerpt of Jean Marti's paper "La Psychanalyse en Russie". It was the first work (1976) that made Tatiana Rosenthal be known all over the scientific world.



































































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