IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis

Welcome to 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.

The Dictionary is currently a work in progress. All our finished entries are made available in the IPA official languages of English, French, German and Spanish.



Entries now available 

Coming Soon

Concepts currently in the inter-regional stage of work:

Ego Psychology
Field Concepts
Projective Identification

Read all entries in our e-book






Entries in other languages

Traditional Chinese

Enactment - New!

Introduction  - New!
Containment: Container-Contained  
- New!
Setting - New!


Theory of Communication (of David Liberman) - New!
The Unconscious - New!


We gave a panel presentation at our Congress in London, 26 July 2019.

We discussed our dictionary in a panel at our Congress in Buenos Aires, 25-29 July 2017.

  • Click here to read an abstract of the Panel.
  • Click here to download the Panel Presentation (PDF)
  • Click here to download the Visual Panel Presentation (PDF)


Your constructive comments are very much welcomed. Please click on 'add' in the box below to leave them. If you have more substantial feedback (suggestions, proposals, technical comments), please email our Dictionary Task Force.

Posted April 12, 2017 by Catherine Hall
I was very interested in your examination of the unconscious - one of the most thorough that I've seen so far.
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Background, aims, methodology

Why an inter-regional encyclopedic dictionary? Why now? 

Click here to find out about the background to this project and our reasons for embarking on it.

This dictionary has involved a unique approach to inter-regional collaboration.

Click here to read about our aims and methodology. Click here to read about the people involved.


Click here to watch the Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary Task Force Chair Stefano Bolognini and Regional Co-Chairs for Europe and North America, Arne Jemstedt and Eva Papiasvili, discuss their experience of the project. 

Interview with Eva D. Papiasvili with Padma Desais

Interview with Eva D. Papiasvili, IPA Co-Chair for North America, Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis.


Read interview