THALASSA. A THEORY OF GENITALITY. Translated by Henry Alden Bunker, M.D.
Price: $35.00 USD
Place Published: New York
Publisher: The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Inc.
Date Published: 1938
Edition: Second Printing
Condition: Near Fine
Book Id: 310485
First Edition, Second Printing. Octavo, original black cloth titled in gilt. 110 pp, Index at rear. A very good to near fine copy.
¶ Sándor Ferenczi, (1873-1933), Hungarian psychoanalyst. In Thalassa,Ferenczi expands the symbols of pallus and vagina into cosmic symbols, not by reference to myths but by his interpretations of embryonic, physiological, and psychological facts. He develops the view that the whole of life is determined by a tendency to return to the womb, equating the process of birth with the phylogenetic transition of animal life from water to land, and linking coitus to the idea of "thalassal regression": "the longing for the sea-life from which man emerged in primeval times." Translated from the German.