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Psyshoanalysis and its discontents

Kirsner, Douglas 2004, Psyshoanalysis and its discontents, Psychoanalytic psychology, vol. 21, no. 3, Summer, pp. 339-352.

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Title Psyshoanalysis and its discontents
Author(s) Kirsner, Douglas
Journal name Psychoanalytic psychology
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Season Summer
Start page 339
End page 352
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication New Jersey, N.J.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0736-9735
Keyword(s) psychoanalysis
cross cultural
public opinion
psychotherapeutic processes
Summary There are only 5,000 patients in psychoanalysis with members of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), and these analysts are often viewed as arrogant and insular. As a laboratory for psychoanalytic institutions the APsaA provides crucial lessons for the future across the field. What ingredients are needed for psychoanalysis to be a vibrant discipline? What factors have prevailed where psychoanalysis is successful? The author explores the cases of Argentina and France, where psychoanalysis is relatively popular, and then returns to the U.S. situation. Insular mind-sets led to many missed opportunities for cultural and academic engagement in the United States. As an example, the author explores responses to the making of John Huston's film Freud: The Secret Passion. To become revitalized, psychoanalysis needs to be a cultural asset. Psychoanalysts need to build bridges, engage in partnerships, and emphasize the exciting method of philosophical probing of the human mind and the nature of human nature.
Language eng
Field of Research 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, American Psychological Association
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