The Outrageous Discourse of Psychoanalysis for Present-Day Academic Institutions


In the following essay I’m going to take a radical position concerning the tendency to eliminate psychoanalysis from the European Academic field and the failure of psychoanalysts and relational therapists to defend psychoanalysis from such aggression. My question is why in Italy—just to make a local example, which I am involved in—different kinds of psychoanalytical traditions are not able to defend themselves from this attack while in France, for another example, all the different branches of relational therapies have been able to unite in making a common effort to take a position for psychoanalysis. One of the main problems, in my opinion, concerns the constitutive marginality of psychoanalysis in relation to Academic Institutions. In my way of writing, I will use psychoanalysis, with “P” in capital character, when referred to Academia, and psychoanalysis, with no capital character, when referred to clinical practice.

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Barbetta, P. (2015) The Outrageous Discourse of Psychoanalysis for Present-Day Academic Institutions. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 133-138. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.33021.

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