About Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis 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. Psychoanalysis 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, and
  4. as a way of viewing cultural and social phenomena like literature, art, movies, performances, politics and groups.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about psychoanalysis

Former IPA President Stefano Bolognini was interviewed on 4 September, 2013 by Filippo La Porta. The interview entitled ' Everything you every wanted to know about psychoanalysis' originally appeared in the online journal: Europa Quotidiano.

Introduction to Psychoanalysis - Video

Introduction to Psychoanalysis Prof. Otto F. Kernberg MD. A film by Peter Zagermann.

IPA Psychoanalysis and Mental Health Committee

The Psychoanalysis and the Mental Health Field Committee's mandate includes the tasks of analyzing the current situation of the relation between psychoanalysis, psychiatry and the mental health field, to devise a strategy for the IPA to give psychoanalysis a voice within psychiatry and the mental health field, as well to increase psychoanalytic knowledge within the medical sciences at large. 

Child/Adolescent Psychoanalysis

This space is devoted to work with infants, children, adolescents and young adults. 

Geographies of Psychoanalysis

We need to understand whether psychoanalytical concepts are universal and if the therapeutic methodology is effective in different countries worldwide. 

Freud Folder

Five charts providing information and complementary material of Freud’s life, work, and the psychoanalytical movement.