A Diagnosis for Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century: Freud as Medicine
by Sarah Ackerman, PhD
This paper assesses the history of psychoanalysis in the United States in order to inform a “professional memoir” of the author’s experience of analytic training in the 21st Century. The mix of historical and personal landscapes supports a contention that there is something missing or lost in American psychoanalysis, that psychoanalysis has lost sight of the radical and subversive nature of unconscious processes. I argue that only by returning to a study of rigorous and comprehensive theory, seated in Freud’s work, can this absence be addressed.
The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89:4, 667-688, October 2020.
About the Author
Sarah Ackerman, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, co-chair of the Psychoanalysis Study Group sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She maintains a private practice in Hanover, New Hampshire. She is the author of many articles, including recently published “I May Allow Myself to do This”: Conflict in Freud’s Writing of The Interpretation of Dreams and (How) Can We Write about Our Patients? and Impossible Ethics.
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