Issue Ten: 'Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Political Culture'


Chantal Duchêne-González, 23 April 2020

Here is Number 10 of Psychoanalysis.Today, an issue devoted to psychoanalysis and contemporary politics. It seemed important to us to approach this theme a century after Freud, in his essay Mass Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, widened the field of psychoanalysis to the collective and introduced an unconscious clinical approach to the form of the unconscious to be found in social ties. More
Dr. Eduardo Benjamin Issaharoff
Today’s social movements seem to express different values from previous movements. This work explores some hypotheses about these values.
Sra. Daniela Boianovsky
A Sickened Country
Polarization dominates Brazilian streets and bursts into manifestations of hatred and intolerance, affecting family and social links and, ultimately, threatening our democracy.
What position should the psychoanalyst take in the face of the evil of socio-politics transmitted in psychoanalytic sessions? The paper examines this and other similarly vital questions.
Dr. André Beetschen
What can a psychoanalytic approach to identity shed light on when it presents itself today as a social and political concern, the source of violent confrontations?
This paper argues that the major unconscious psychodynamic trend in America’s Trumpian presidency is a conflict between pathological narcissism and the threat of ‘the other.’
Dr. Stephen Hartman
Carter is So Handsome
This clinical essay locates trauma at the nexus of overlapping registers of gender, sexuality, class and race as taxonomies supporting normative desire interpret unconscious experience.
After the presidential election of 2016 in the United States a shock wave seemed to move through the community of (mostly liberal) psychoanalysts in New York City.
It’s a cultural and scientific fact that psychoanalysis is subject to the influences of the world in which it is used.
 Call for Contributions
1. Psychoanalytic Reflections
Psychoanalysis.Today is concerned with problems in many fields of human experience:  politics, society, culture, human relationships, environment, the intrapsychic world, intimate experience and so on, and we believe that psychoanalysts should contribute to the discussion of contemporary problems. 
 2. Psychoanalysis in the Community
Our work, projects and relationships to the communities we live and work in have been identified as important projects for the IPA during the presidency of Virginia Ungar. We want to hear about the various local projects that institutes or individuals are participating in that bring our psychoanalytic ideas and practices into local community work.
We invite you to submit a contribution to either of these discussions. You may chose among a variety of formats: texts (up to 1000 words), films (up to 5 minutes), pictures, cartoons or interviews that are connected to the topic you wish to share. 
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Contributions will be peer reviewed on the basis of content, interest, clarity and creativity. The Editorial Board will decide on publication.

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