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Posted July 19, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar

I am speaking on behalf of the Executive and Board of the British Psychoanalytical Society consequent to the result of the referendum vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union which has sent shockwaves rippling across Europe and indeed internationally.  Psychoanalysis was born in Europe and nurtured from its inception by colleagues of many nationalities, initially in Europe and the UK and very soon after in the United States and internationally.  That growth has similarly been supported internationally in adjacent disciplines sympathetic to psychoanalytic ideas.

From the earliest days psychoanalysis in the UK has relied upon the creativity and support of European and other colleagues.  Our membership and candidates from the beginning have been drawn from an international pool and patients attending the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis come from many countries.  Similarly, our small staff team has an international profile. 

Here in the UK we value and need these links as bridges in a troubled world and will continue to welcome and offer support to prospective members, candidates and staff according to talent and regardless of country of origin.  We are part of the European Psychoanalytic Federation and the International Psychoanalytic Association and we intend to continue working with them both.

As far as we understand the present situation immigration and visa status for those studying, working and receiving treatment here will remain unchanged and that is likely to be the case for some time.  We will of course continue to monitor the situation and advise all accordingly.


British Psychoanalytical Society

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Posted July 19, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar

On behalf of the of the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA) I strongly endorse the recent statement from the President of the British Psychoanalytical Society concerning the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union.


The result has led to seriously destabilising consequences in the UK, Europe and the wider world and its full implications are not yet clear. The anti immigrant atmosphere which has developed and the recent spate of racist attacks in the UK are to be deplored.


Psychoanalysis is an international venture and the background of the members and candidates of the BPA reflects this.


The referendum vote will not lead to us turning away from our international colleagues. The BPA will continue as an outward looking Society which places great value in its membership of and participation in the EPF and the IPA and which welcomes members and candidates from throughout the world.




Philip Roys
British Psychoanalytic Association

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Posted June 29, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar
How can we explain the virulent hatred toward Hillary Clinton from men and women of both political parties? The attacks against her: Benghazi, personal emails, lying, etc., are relatively minor, the usual political scuttlebutt, in contrast to the extreme intensity of her vilification. So many people say they just don’t like her, and this negative impression is not new. Since her role as First Lady in Bill Clinton’s White House, she has been portrayed as a witch, a Lady Macbeth, a ruthlessly ambitious, egocentric woman who considers herself above the law to achieve her exploitative goals. Some see her as a shrieking harpy. As a psychoanalyst, I believe that the intensity of this character assassination is motivated by a largely unconscious misogyny that is deeply rooted in the human (male and female) psyche. It is often triggered in response to a strong, independent woman. But this enmity is especially intense for Hillary, who is emotionally reserved and aggressive in her pursuit of the presidency. (See SNL’s recent hilarious caricatures of these qualities.) ...Read More
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The vilification of hillary
Posted July 23, 2016 by Lic. Sherry Elizabeth Lupinacci Vigilio
As female psychoanalyst and staunch Bernie Sanders supporter i suggest you do some serious research. This is a very difficult task because nost or all of mainstream press has been purchased in addition to those sgencies and institutions meant to protect Americans and above all democracy
The vilification of Hillary
Posted September 22, 2016 by Dr. William Earnest
The article illustrates why the great potential for a psychoanalytic contribution to the analysis of political questions has not been realized. Following the reductionist playbook to the letter, the author dismisses any reasons Hillary's opponents might offer and instead jumps to speculatively prioritize the "largely unconscious" question of misogyny. That this debunking maneuver has so many, many times resulted in an equally dismissive debunking response is lost to the author, who appears to be bent on elbowing his way past, for example, Clinton's close alignment with banks responsible for the 2008 crash, or with a right wing government she helped to install in Honduras, or with anti-welfare policies she helped to impose in the 1990s, etc. This is not to say that misogyny might be a principal organizer of some responses to Clinton. But it is to say that psychoanalytic criticism cannot expect to find an audience if it appears that to speak of unconscious motivation means mundane reality is committed to obscurity. This is a cocktail party parody of applied psychoanalysis.
Posted February 22, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar

Dear Colleagues: 
On December 23, 2015, The Board of Directors of my institute, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City issued the following Position Statement on Xenophobia and Islamphobia.   This followed a somewhat similar Position Statement on Syrian Refugee Resettlement issued by the American Psychoanalytic Association on December 2, 2015. Our statement is framed clinically. Our Board thought it was important in these perilous times that psychoanalysts in the United States be at the forefront of opposing circumstances that lead to xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and prejudice. Psychoanalysts in other parts of the world, given the media stories that come from the United States, may not be familiar with the extent to which psychoanalysts in this country are expressing their views.   


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Posted March 3, 2016 by Ms. Kimberly Scholefield Kleinman
I appreciate the statement from the IPTAR board of directors describing the dynamics of xenophobia.  Promoting an understanding of the psychological mechanisms that result in what the public refers to as prejudice and how "otherness" reactions are exacerbated by stress is a fundamental approach to diminishing it's harmful effects.  Thank You!
Kim Kleinman
member Contemporary Freudian Society
Posted February 29, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar
Nilüfer ErdemPsychoanalyst and member of Psike Istanbul, writes
"How the actual turbulent situation in Turkey might affect our work as psychoanalysts?  This is a question that we are asked more and more frequently in our encounters with colleagues from different parts of the world. I will try to address the question with a few sentences. It is of course difficult and misleading, if not illusory, to pretend that we can draw generalizations about clinical experiences of all psychoanalysts, regardless the analytic situation specific to each cure." Read More

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Reply from: Dr. Gabriele Treu
Posted April 18, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar
Nilüfer Erdem verknüpft die griechische Tragödie Antigone mit den Ereignissen in der Türkei und macht damit sichtbar, dass hier etwas aus der Urgeschichte der Menschheit wirksam ist. Ihre Beschreibungen haben mich sehr berührt, vielleicht auch deshalb, weil ich vor einigen Jahren das Glück hatte, die kreative Atmosphäre im Gezi Park und die hoffnungsvolle Aufbruchsstimmung in der Provinz Van mitzubekommen. Viele Menschen, denen ich begegnet bin, interessierten sich für Kunst, Kultur und Wissenschaft, die meisten waren politisch engagiert. Es vibrierte in den gesellschaftlichen Übergangsräumen, um einen Begriff der Autorin aufzugreifen. Mir hat der Text nahegebracht, dass es bis in die innerpsychischen Räume der Individuen hineinreicht, wenn solche gesellschaftliche Übergangsräume angegriffen werden. Archaische Motive werden wachgerufen, und wir werden daran erinnert, dass wir alle betroffen sind, grenzübergreifend.

Eine Gruppe von Therapeuten hat eine Online-Petition gestartet, mit der türkische Wissenschaftler unterstützt werden sollen, die sich für Meinungsfreiheit und für inhaftierte Kollegen einsetzen:

Nilüfer Erdem compares the Greek tragedy Antigone with recent events in Turkey and proves that human prehistory still has its relevance in the modern world. I was very moved by the descriptions, probably also because I was lucky enough a few years ago to experience the inspiring atmosphere in Gezi Park and the spirit of optimism in the province of Van. Many people I met were interested in art, culture and science and most of them were involved politically. It literally vibrated in the social transitional space - to pick up on an expression by the author. The text taught me that it touches the internal psychic space of the individual when social transitional spaces are under attack. Basic archaic motives are awakened and we are reminded that this affects all of us, regardless of where we live.
Posted April 18, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar
The following articles came through from the Public Communications Committee.


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Psychoanalytic observations of societal phenomena
Posted April 19, 2016 by Dr. Laura Ravaioli
Psychoanalytic observations of societal phenomena are important to comprehend the complexity and fight that same prejudice that create violence.
Posted February 22, 2016 by Ms. Rhoda Bawdekar

Blog piece by Peter Wolson published in the Huffington Post 13/8/2015

What thoughtful Americans are asking is, why are Donald Trump's outlandish egotistical, self-aggrandizing, racist and misogynistic rants elevating his political ratings to double-digit leads over all other GOP presidential candidates? Why would a narcissistic bloviator, defined in the Urban Dictionary as a "pompous blowhard, using their celebrity to speak about topics on which they are totally unqualified," generate the largest audience for a political debate in the history of this country? On Meet The Press (August 9, 2015),New York Times columnist David Brooks speculated that the answer must lie in the unconscious of America's psyche? What might these unconscious psychodynamics be? 

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Living in a World of Diverse Religions
Dec 10, 2015 | Statement of Board of Directors:
American Psychological Association. Since the founding of our nation, religious liberty has been at the heart of the American vision of democratic freedom. 

  Refugee Resettlement Position Statement
December 2, 2015 | The American Psychoanalytic Association condemns inflammatory rhetoric directed at refugees seeking safety from conflicts in Iraq and Syria. 

Interpreting radical evil: December 2015
The child king that lies dormant inside of all of us, according to Freud in his Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905), would be a "laboratory scientist”:  all his senses awakened, he seeks to discover where babies come from. Julia Kristeva

Like all civilised people around the world, the Members of the International Psychoanalytical Association have been shocked and appalled by the terrible events that have taken place in Paris. 

  Football all over: World Cup 2014  
During these weeks the entire world is focused on Brazil.  Can psychoanalysis help to understand the fascination that football has for millions of people? 
  Psychoanalytic considerations on Climate Change 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the Climate Summit 2014 on 23 September.  



New Communication Modalities and Ethical Issues
Are there any specific, basic, ethical rules to respect regarding web communication? How do we protect against
unreasonable conservatism and/or modernism?

Variations in the Eitingon Training Model: Approaches to Evaluation: from acceptance to graduation 

Creating a psychoanalytic mind: a psychoanalytic method and theory by Fred Busch

The Social Responsibility of the Analyst

New Families: What Psychoanalysis has to say about them

The Paternal Function in Psychoanalytic Technique












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Antigone from 'Antigone' by Sophocles (Marie Stillman)