Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein

TitleSex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLauner, John
Number of Pages307
CityNew York

Who was Sabina Spielrein (1885-1942)? She is probably best known for her notorious affair with Carl Jung. Yet her life story is much more compelling than just one famous relationship. Spielrein overcame family and psychological abuse to become a profoundly original thinker in her own right. This volume is the first biography to put her life and ideas at the center of the story and examine Spielrein's key role in the development of psychoanalysis. Drawing on fresh research into Spielrein's diaries, papers, and correspondence, the author shows how Spielrein's overlooked ideas--rejected by Freud and Jung but substantially vindicated by later developments in psychology and evolutionary biology--may represent the last and most important stage in the rediscovery of an extraordinary life.

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