The Swedish Psychoanalytical Association
The Swedish Psychoanalytical Association was established in May 2010 through a fusion of the two former Swedish psychoanalytic societies, The Swedish Psychoanalytic Society (founded in 1934) and The Swedish Psychoanalytical Association (founded in 1968). It is a professional society for psychoanalysis, and members of the Association are usually medical doctors or clinical psychologists who have been trained in psychoanalysis at the Swedish Psychoanalytic Institute.
The Association has internal scientific activities for its members and it also arranges lectures and small group seminars for the public on psychoanalytic topics. It also pursues research projects related to psychoanalysis. The Association can help with referrals for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
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Psychoanalysis is both a theory about human emotional and
mental life and a treatment method.
The basis of the theory is that there is an unconscious meaning and intention behind human beliefs and actions. As a treatment method psychoanalysis is a means to inner change and liberation from habitual life patterns, making it possible to confront difficulties and to take responsibility for one’s life.
Psychoanalytic ideas have had a profound influence both concerning treatment and in the social and cultural discourse.
Behind an individual’s experiences and actions there are often unconscious fantasies, beliefs, desires and inner conflicts. In the context of an analysis the analysand is getting help to understand more of this not least by understanding what is happening in the relationship between analyst and analysand. In this relationship the analysand’s experiences and feelings originating from significant relationships in childhood are re-enacted and reflected. The working through of these often-painful feelings will lead to increased self-understanding.
Psychoanalysis is an intense and long-term treatment carried out 3 – 5 times a week. The analysand is lying down and is encouraged to talk about his/her thoughts and feelings as freely as possible.
Psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy is based on
In psychotherapy therapist and patient usually meet less frequent than in psychoanalysis and the goal is more restricted.
Member of the IPA
The Swedish Psychoanalytical Associ-ation is affiliated to the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA).
Here we have collected a few links to resources on the Internet, with regard to psychoanalysis.
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