A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr
The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein

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“Has all the elements of a juicy novel . . . riveting. . . . Reudite and elegant.” —Newsday

In 1907, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung began what promised to be both a momentous collaboration and the deepest friendship of each man’s life. Six years later they were bitter antagonists, locked in a savage struggle that was as much personal and emotional as it was theoretical and professional. Between them stood a young woman named Sabina Spielrein, who had been both patient and lover to Jung and colleague and confidante to Freud before going on to become an innovative psychoanalyst herself.

With the narrative power and emotional impact of great tragedy, A Dangerous Method is impossible to put down.

About John Kerr

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Professor of Sport Psychology, University of Tsukuba.
Published February 23, 2011 by Vintage. 623 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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By chronicling this progression of events from 1904 to the final, fragmentary evidence of the pair's contact in the 1920's--before Spielrein returned to Russia in hopes of building a psychoanalytic movement, only to run afoul of Stalin-- the depth to which Jung and Spielrein influenced each other...

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Sabina is treated in Zurich by Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), who calls the nascent method for dealing with problems like hers “psychanalysis.” Jung’s mentor in Vienna corrects him — he says it sounds more “logical” with the “o” in the middle — and since the mentor in question is none other than...

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Don't be mislead by the fact that John Kerr's A Most Dangerous Method now re-titled A Dangerous Method has been made into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley into thinking the book is some sort of romantic novel.

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The Independent

Jung was just beginning to use Freud's little-known psychoanalytical methods, and reckoned that Spielrein was suffering from 'psychotic hysteria'.

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Denver Post

And psychoanalysis — the potentially harrowing method of the title — has created a great many characters who've since embraced and rebuffed Freud and Jung's legacy, creating their own versions of help and havoc.

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