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Barry O’Donnell – The Appeal of Psychoanalysis


THE LETTER 50 Summer 2012, pages 47-59


This paper gathers remarks made by Freud which differentiate the practice of psychoanalysis from psychotherapy. It will also draw from Lacan’s Seminar 24, L’insu qui sait de l’une bévue, s’aile à mourre, for its consideration of the concept of the unconscious in 1976.


Keywords: psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, object of practice, training


First of all I would like to thank Ros McCarthy for her words of introduction, which are generously brief. The truth is much more problematic in light of the topic of today’s study-day. As well as the practice Ros mentions I am employed in a number of roles, the titles of which combine the terms psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.  Currently, still, I carry the titles of Head of a Department of Psychotherapy, Course Director of a MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (a training in psychotherapy), Director of a SpecificModality training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and tutor on a MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The Appeal of Psychoanalysis

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