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The First Child Psychologist
Tom Murray9 December 2002
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***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** The film traces the tragic story of Sabina Spielrein's life as gleaned from a box of her papers discovered in 1977 in the cellar of Geneva's former Institute of Psychology. These papers, the correspondence between Spielrein, Freud and Jung, were essential to understanding the evolution of psychoanalysis. The style is documentary, with some re-enactments of letters being read. The film would be of interest mainly to those who are interested in the history of feminism or of the field of mental health.

Spielrein was a young Russian-Jewish woman of 18, with mental problems, when she arrived in 1904 at a clinic in Zurich. She was from a family that had many cases on mental illness. She was Carl Gustav Jung's first patient. He was 29 and married. She formed an intense attachment to Jung, who seems to have reciprocated. Together, Sigmund Freud and Jung hatched the theory of countertransference to explain these feelings. Once cured, Sabina, who had been a gold-medal student, became the first female psychoanalyst and, within eight years, was practising alongside Freud and Jung and was a highly respected member of a formerly all-male profession.

She got over her love for Jung, married a Russian named Pavel and bore a daughter. At the start of WWI her husband returned to fight for Russia and she fled with her daughter to Geneva. She was the first person to give a lecture on child psychology. Later, she returned to Russia and worked as a child psychologist, which was very much in favour with Stalin at the time. After five years, Stalin abolished child psychology. During WWII, she trusted the Germans, having lived and worked with them for so long, did not flee and was killed, along with her children, by the Nazis.
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My Name Was Sabina Spielrein
Waddah7417 June 2007
I saw the movie , it is a great one ….. We see how Sabina Spielrein a young woman with psychosis unable to move on with her life she is anorexic and nervous with episodes of deep depression , but with the help of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung who has faith in her, she regains her self-esteem , and a love story develops between the two which ends dramatically . She overcame her grief after that relationship and start working in psychoanalysis , in Russia she organized a school for troubled children one of them appears at the end of the movie an old man now with tears in his eyes describing and thanking Spielrein for her help back then . Her school was destroyed by the communist regime of the former soviet union . The movie faithfully restores Spielrein to her rightful place as a crucial contributor to the fields of child psychology and psychoanalysis.
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