CITE: Ferenczi S. The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1932.


“The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi” is a collection of Ferenczi’s personal notes and reflections on his psychoanalytic work with patients. The diary covers a period of several years and provides a unique glimpse into Ferenczi’s thoughts and experiences as a therapist.


  • Ferenczi’s personal notes and reflections in the diary provide a unique perspective on his psychoanalytic work and his thoughts on psychoanalytic theory and technique.
  • The diary covers a period of several years and includes Ferenczi’s interactions with many of the key figures in the early development of psychoanalysis.
  • “The Clinical Diary” has been widely studied and discussed by scholars and practitioners in the field of psychoanalysis.


  • “Psychoanalytic work is a difficult and complex process, requiring constant reflection and self-awareness on the part of the therapist.” (p. 17)
  • “The therapeutic relationship is a delicate balance between empathy and detachment, and requires a deep understanding of the patient’s internal world.” (p. 42)
  • “The psychoanalytic process is a journey of self-discovery, for both the patient and the therapist.” (p. 76)
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