Spielrein, Sabina

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Spielrein, Sabina Gender: F
Sabina Nikolajewna Spielrein
born on 26 October 1885 Jul.Cal. (7 Nov 1885 greg.)
Place Rostov-na-Donu, Russian Federation, 47n14, 39e42
Timezone LMT m39e42 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Treindl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 15°10' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif

Portrait of Sabina Spielrein 
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Sabina Spielrein
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Russian physician and one of the first female psychoanalysts. She was in succession an analysand, then student, then colleague of Carl Gustav Jung, a man with whom she also had a romantic relationship. She also met, corresponded, and had a collegial relationship with Sigmund Freud. One of her more famous analysands was the Swiss developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget. She worked as a psychoanalyst and teacher in Switzerland and Russia.

Spielrein's husband Pavel perished during Stalin's Great Terror, as did her brother Isaac. She and her two children were killed by a German SS Death Squad, Einsatzgruppe D in 1942 in Zmievskaya Balka, together with another 27,000 victims.

The relationship between Spielrein and Jung is the subject of the film 'A dangerous method' (2010), based on the play 'The Talking Cure' (2003) by Christopher Hampton.

An excellent report about her work is found in the Jewish Women Encyclopedia.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • lover relationship with Jung, Carl (born 26 July 1875)
  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Piaget, Jean (born 9 August 1896). Notes: She was his analyst
  • role played of/by Knightley, Keira (born 26 March 1985). Notes: 2011 film "A Dangerous Method"


  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 17 August 1904 in Zürich (Admitted to the Burghölzli (diagnosed with hysteria))
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 1 June 1905 in Zürich (Discharged from the Burghölzli)
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  • Work : Great Achievement May 1911 in Zürich (obtained her doctorate. Her thesis was the first dissertation written by a woman that was psychoanalytically oriented. It was published in 1911 in the Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse, edited by Jung)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 14 June 1912 (Dr. Pavel (Paul) Naumovitsch Scheftel)
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  • Death by Execution 12 August 1942 (killed by SS together with 27'000 Jewish victims)
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Source Notes

from wikipedia, which gives 26 Oct 1885 (jul.cal). Other sources, like Dieter Wunderlichs biography have 25 Oct.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Institutionalized
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eldest of five children)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Lecturer)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychiatrist
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Psychoanalytic papers)