Issue Eleven: 'Psychoanalysis in the Time of Pandemics'


Liliana Pedrón, 21 July 2020

The editorial group of the ejournal Psychoanalysis.Today has decided to publish a special issue on the pandemic. This edition presents a change in format, with short articles written by authors from the different regions that form the community of the psychoanalytic associations. More
The aim of prophylactic psychoanalysis is maintaining the continuity of the setting in the midst of these deeply unsettling times. How do the changes affect both partners of the Freudian Pair?
Perhaps the time has come in psychoanalysis to no longer be cloistered in the world of internal objects that founds psychic reality, opening up also to cultural and sociopolitical realities.
The current lockdown invites us to reconsider the place of body in psychoanalysis.
Yes, we are all experiencing Covid simultaneously, but no, this trauma is not equal.
The description of COVID 19 as a shared or collective trauma among the global population does not accurately convey the disparate affects of the pandemic influenced by race and class in the US.
Brigitte Chervoillot-Courtillon
The Framework Under ‘COVID’
The framework under COVID, strained, arouses multiple questions.
Dr. Jamieson Webster
Dr. Marcus Coelen
‘The Coronavirus Delirium Factory’
As Coronavirus delirium gave way to mass protests against racist police brutality in America the vicissitudes of Freud’s beating fantasy assert its masochistic logic.
As Camus (1948) and Freud (1915) have suggested, the acknowledgement of the presence of death can be a beginning, and not the end, of morality.
Dr. Enrique Mauricio Rozitchner
Old Age and the Pandemic
The population of older adults is among the most affected and at highest risk due to the characteristics of the Covid-19 virus.
Dr. med., Dipl. Psych. Ricardo Carlino
Do We Move on, or Do We Go Back?
External events have imposed a new frame. Will cyberanalysis return to the office or will mixed analyses develop?
Mr. Maurice J. Whelan
Shaping the New Normal
Tele-analysis is not new but recently the number of psychoanalysts practicing it has soared. Post-pandemic, should we rush back to do exactly what we did before? Or is there a new normal?
A present trauma can activate unconscious internal conflicts but also form external traumatic experiences.
The pandemic has liberated insane colonial and slavery demons, joined by notes of delusion, tones of coprophilia, aroma of autism, the flavour and aftertaste of cruelty, and pinches of Nazi-fascism.
Today, as death surrounds us and we struggle to find light in the darkness, the writings of Sigmund Freud and Rabindranath Tagore soothe our minds.
Delaram Habibi-Kohlen
Climate Crisis and Corona
Both the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are crises that make us aware of dependencies that we cannot avoid: on each other, as well as on supply chains, production and currencies.
Prof. Dr. phil. Yolanda Gampel
A Present Void, Full of Absence
In these Covid times we exit our comfort zone and meet our patient face-to-face, discovering what we did not see in the other. The other emerges in his otherness but I do, too. How much we learn!
Psic. Wania Maria Coelho Ferreira Cidade
Brazil is Naked
Racism must be recognized in order for changes to happen and for full democracy to exist.
PT Interview Virginia Ungar & Liliana Pedron

IPA President Virginia Ungar talks to Psychoanalysis.Today Coordinating Editor Liliana Pedrón about Psychoanalysis in the Community, commenting on IPA's Community programme and structure, and on the IPA in the Community Online Congress on this subject: 'Psychoanalysis Beyond the Couch': 31 October, 12 December, 30 January, 6 March. The video is part of Psychoanalysis.Today's new series of videos, which will be made in their original languages but not translated. This video is available in Spanish.
Issue 11: Adrienne Harris & Amy Luers Interview

For our issue on psychoanalysis in the time of pandemics, Dr Adrienne Harris interviews Amy Luers, the executive director of Future Earth and the director of the Center for Sustainability in the Digital Age, on the intersect of climate change and Covid-19.
The Empty Couch

Rosine Jozef Perelberg, President of the British Psychoanalytical Society, wrote and produced this film which, with stunning imagery, is a BPAS homage to workers at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic and reflects on the impact of lockdown.
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