What is psychoanalysis today?

Applied psychoanalysis

Freud recognized that the psychoanalytic understanding of the mind also provides a deeper understanding of culture and society. Most famous are his analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He analyzed works of literature and art, social behaviour like jokes, humour, slips of tongue and bungled actions and, more generally, phenomena like civilization, mass movements, war, and religion. The fruitfulness of his approach stimulated wide-ranging interest in applying psychoanalytic thinking in literature, art and cinema and their critical analysis, as well as in anthropology and political sciences.

Is both a theory of the human mind and a therapeutic practice. It was founded by Sigmund Freud between 1885 and 1939 and continues to be developed by psychoanalysts all over the world. It has four major areas of application:

1) as a theory of how the mind works
2) as a treatment method for psychic problems
3) as a method of research
4) as a way of viewing cultural and social phenomena like literature, art, movies, performances, politics and groups.

Dr. Peter Zagermann and Professor Otto F. Kernberg, have produced a documentary film “Introduction to Psychoanalysis”, produced in German, English, and Spanish, the intention of which is to provide an overview of psychoanalysis.The film does not promote any particular psychoanalytic school of thought, but rather provides the basic information on the essentials of psychoanalysis. Funding to embed this video on our site was generously provided through a grant from the Stiftunging Zur Förderung Der Universitären Psychoanalyse.

 ” Introduction to Psychoanalysis “


 Dr. Otto Kernberg ( Watch Video)


Source : IPA

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