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Welcome to the IPA Blog, a space for the IPA to maintain a commentary on social, cultural and political issues from a psychoanalytic perspective. Our contributors write on a range of topics including contemporary issues, health and social policy, scientific developments, culture and art. If you would like to write for the IPA Blog, please view our editorial guidelines by clicking here


Revenge has no Boundaries - Psychoanalytic Considerations About an all-too-Human Impulse

3rd October 2018

"Revenge is an activity in which justice shall be regained!" Writing for the IPA blog, Angela Mauss-Hanke looks at why we feel revenge and what makes this so dangerous.


Doing Psychoanalysis in... Cape Town: Vincenzo Sinisi

2nd October 2018

In the first of a series exploring what it is like to practise psychoanalysis in different parts of the world, Angela Mauss-Hanke interviews Vincenzo Sinisi, a psychoanalyst, group analyst and clinical psychologist in private practise in Cape Town, South Africa.


Why the Importance of a Committee on Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies in the IPA?

21st September 2018

As with any societal prejudice, bias against individuals based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity negatively affects mental health. Here, Marco Posadas and Diana E Moga discuss the usefulness of psychoanalytic theory and practice in undoing the harm caused by Sexual Orientation Change Efforts and the important work of the IPA's Committee on Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies. 


Reflecting on One Year in Office

31st August 2018

July marked one year in office for the current IPA Administration. Virginia Ungar provides her thoughts on the Association's achievements over the past year. 

UN Women

11 July 2018

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is seeking complaints / appeals / petitions which contain information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. The deadline for submissions is the 1st August 2018.

Offending and non-offending paedophiles

2 July 2018

Interview with Dr. Cosimo Schinaia

Statement from the IPA President regarding Violence towards Migrant Children

25 June 2018

News in the international media in recent weeks concerning the alarming decision to separate children of migrants from their families in the United States has thrown into sharp relief the heart-breaking abusive situation faced by children both there and in other parts of the world, such as in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa.

Freud Returns

4 June 2018

In honour of Sigmund Freud: statue unveiled at MedUni Vienna.

Basaglia Law

13 May 2018

Forty years ago: the abolishment of psychiatric hospitals in Italy.

Support Freud’s return to Vienna

30 April 2018

A permanent memorial to Freud is set to be unveiled at the Medical University of Vienna in June 2018, thanks to generous donations from the psychoanalytic community.

"Freud, or the Interpretation of Dreams"

20 April 2018

A review by Paola Golinelli ( SPI) , Member of the IPA Committee on Culture.

The Capacity to be Alone – “Dance with the Daffodils”

20 March 2018

Minnie Dastur, Senior Training Analyst at the Mumbai Chapter of the Indian Psychoanalytic Society, reflects on the psychoanalytic undertones in William Wordsworth’s ‘I wandered Lonely as a Cloud”.

The Conundrum of Dependence in Analytic Settings and the Enigmatic Nature of Filial Piety

13 March 2018

Ahead of a keynote speech at the IPA’s Asia-Pacific Conference in May, Vice President of the Taiwan Allied Centre and Secretary General of the Taiwan Study Group, Liling Lin, scrutinises the various aspects of filial piety.

International Women's Day

8 March 2018

On the occasion of 2018’s International Women’s Day, IPA President, Virginia Ungar, reflects on the challenges that women around the world still face and the role that psychoanalysis has in understanding and overcoming them.

Beyond Barriers of Language

1 March 2018

Professor Osamu Kitayama discusses language and psychoanalysis ahead of the IPA's Asia-Pacific Conference in May.

The IPA on Confidentiality

23 February 2018

In the winter of 2017, the Board of the IPA created a Committee on Confidentiality, to examine the use of clinical material, use of distance technology, and other matters. 

Further developments to the Eitingon Model

1 February 2018

Virginia Ungar shares progress made on the developments to the Eitingon Model at the Board meeting held from 13 to 15 January in Costa Rica.

Interview with Federico Tiezzi, director of “Freud or the interpretation of dreams” on stage in Milano from 23 January to 11 March 2018

18 January 2018

Maria Grazia Vassallo Torrigiani interviews Director Federico Tiezzi in advance of the play's debut.

5th International Psychoanalytic Conference: New Delhi, India

12-14 January 2018

Psychoanalytic Explorations of Darkness in Culture and Clinic.


8 January 2018

To Three or Not to Three: That is Not the Question. Article written by: David Jachim



EPFF 9 Highlights

21 December 2017

Read the overview of the Festival by Elisabetta Marchiori and watch the highlights from the European Psychoanalytical Film Festival 9: interiors, exteriors.

Argentine psychoanalytic Association Celebrates 75 Years

14 December 2017

On the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA), the newspaper La Prensa spoke with its President, Claudia Borenszstejn.

Freud's Bar

28 November 2017

Buenos Aires Freud's bar 2017 presentation.

Bad Chemistry

22 November 2017

It’s impossible to love life when sorrow is treated as little more than garbage that needs to be disposed of by way of a ‘happiness pill’. Opinion article by Eran Rolnik.

Sigmund Freud Collection Papers Available Online

21 November 2017

Dear Colleagues, as Chair of the History of Psychoanalysis Committee, I would like to bring to your attention the news of the Sigmund Freud Collection online from our committee member, Prof. Louis Rose who is also Executive Director of the Freud Archives. I wish you much benefit in your research. All the best,  Ludger M. Hermanns (Berlin). 

Centenary of Portuguese Psychoanalyst Francisco Manuel Barreto Alvim (1917-2017)

08 November 2017

The Portuguese Psychoanalytical Society is proud to celebrate the centenary of Francisco Alvim, who was one of its founders, its first President and the first director of the Portuguese Psychoanalytical Review.

The Authority of the Object: Conference and Workshop by Jane McAdam Freud, PSIKE Istanbul

24 September 2017

PSIKE Istanbul were happy to have hosted Sigmund Freud’s great granddaughter, world- renowned painter Lucian Freud’s daughter, a great artist herself Jane McAdam Freud in Istanbul, with the collaboration of Sabanci Museum.

Reflections from the IPA Congress 2017, Buenos Aires; Intimacy, Witnessing, Rising Up

31 August 2017

IPA North America Representative on the Executive Committee, Bill Glover reflects on his experience of the IPA 2017 Congress

IPA President Virginia Ungar: the vision of the new administration

10 August 2017

Newly elected IPA President Virginia Ungar outlines the vision of the new administration

25th Amendment: Is President Donald Trump Fit To Serve? | The Last Word | MSNBC

8 August 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell talks to IPA psychoanalyst Dr. Prudence Gourguechon who evaluates Trump's recent behavior using criteria set forth in the U.S. Army Field Manual.

Meet an Analyst

17 July 2017

A fun, quick-fire interview with two analysts: Antonino Ferro and Luca Nicole are interviewed by IPSO Treasurer Davide Rosso on their latest book and other subjects.

IPA Libraries

10 July 2017

IPA Society Libraries

IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

25 May 2017

IPA President, Stefano Bolognini, introduces the new IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, which is intended to be a truly international and up-to-date tool for all psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who work psychoanalytically, as well as for scholars in the academic and cultural fields and anyone interested in psychoanalysis. To follow shortly.

International Women's Day

8 March 2017

IPA Communications are delighted that on International Women’s Day, Alexandra Billinghurst, Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association, has paused from her busy schedule to share her experience as a woman and psychoanalyst and  to reflect on contemporary psychoanalysis and its relevance to this year’s theme #BeBoldForChange.

Board Meeting

14 - 16 January 2017

The IPA’s Board of Representatives met over three days in New York, USA.

IPA Office Move to the Lexicon

01 December 2016

Our beautiful new offices at The Lexicon, central London, offer much greater opportunities for members to meet each other and our staff.