Servadio, Emilio (1904–1995)
Italian psychoanalyst, author, and co-founder in 1937 of the
Societa Italiana Di Parapsychologia (the Italian Society for
Psychic Research, now Italian Society for Parapsychology). He
was born on August 14, 1904, in Genoa, Italy. He studied at
Genoa University (LL.D., 1926). In private practice for much
of his life, he took special interest in the psychodynamic and
psychoanalytic aspects of ESP. In 1932 he investigated the phenomena
of the medium Pasquale Erto, and in 1957 he investigated
the miraculous healers in Lucania, South Italy.
Highlighting his outstanding career, he was named president
of the Psychoanalytic Center of Rome in 1962, and he was
elected to terms as vice president of the Italian Society for Parapsychology
(1955–56) and vice president of Italian Psychoanalytic
Society (1953–55, 1958–60). He was a charter member of
the Parapsychological Association and in 1982 was elected
president of the Parapsychological Association of Italy. He was
chairman of the International Committee for the Study of
Methods in Parapsychology and a subeditor and contributor to
the Enciclopedia Italiana and various scholarly and scientific
journals. He is author of La Ricerca Psichica (Psychical Research,
1930, 1946), and contributed to Proceedings of an International
Conference on Methodology in Psi Research Psi Favorable States of
Consciousness edited by Roberto Cavanna (Parapsychology
Foundation, 1970) and Proceedings of an International Conference
Psi Factors in Creativity edited by Allan Angoff and Betty Shapin
(Parapsychology Foundation, 1970).
Servadio died January 18, 1995.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Servadio, Emilio. ‘‘Le conditionnement transferentiel et
contre-transférentiel des événements ‘psi’ au cours de
l’analyse’’ (Transference and counter-transference conditioning
of ‘psi’ events during analysis). Acta Psychotherapeutica
(1955).
———. ‘‘Freud et la Parapsychologie.’’ Revue Francaise de
Psychoanalyse 3 (1956).
———. ‘‘The ‘Normal’ and the ‘Paranormal’ Dream.’’ International
Journal of Parapsychology (1962).
———. ‘‘A Presumptively Telepathic-Precognitive Dream
During Analysis.’’ International Journal of Psycho-Analysis 1
(1955).
———. ‘‘Psychoanalyse and Telepathie’’ (Psychoanalysis
and telepathy). Imago 4 (1935). Reprinted in Psychoanalysis and
the Occult, edited by 1953 George Devereux.
———. ‘‘Transference and Thought-Transference.’’ International
Journal of Psycho-Analysis 4, no. 5 (1956).