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The future of psychoanalytic institutes

Kirsner, Douglas 2001, The future of psychoanalytic institutes, Psychoanalytic psychology,, vol. 18, no. 2, Spring, pp. 195-212.

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Title The future of psychoanalytic institutes
Author(s) Kirsner, Douglas
Journal name Psychoanalytic psychology,
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Season Spring
Start page 195
End page 212
Publisher Educational Publishing Foundation
Place of publication New Jersey, N.J.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0736-9735
Keyword(s) psychoanalytic institutes
institutional problems
conceptual problems
Summary The author contends that both conceptual and institutional problems permeate psychoanalytic institutes. Although institutional problems are historically based, they also derive from confusions around ill-defined concepts that lead to arbitrariness, authoritarianism, and the stifling of creativity. Psychoanalysis is a humanistic discipline that is touted as a science but is organized as a religion. Problems surrounding the right to train pervade psychoanalytic schisms, and transmission comes through processes of anointment. Institutional "false expertise" invokes the aura of anointment where training analysts pass down received truth through an esoteric pipeline depending on genealogy instead of function. Quasi-religious thinking and politics rush in to fill the gap between the level of claimed knowledge that affords qualification and the far lower level of real knowledge. Institutes should rely on evidence of candidates' performance and engage in open-ended inquiry
Language eng
Field of Research 220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, American Psychological Association
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