Catch up on all the news related to mental health and psychiatry from last week!
Catch up with all the news related to psychiatry and mental health from last week!
Psychoanalysis is a theory and set of therapeutic techniques that was originally developed by the infamous Sigmund Freud. "Freud believed that people could be cured by making conscious their unconscious thoughts and motivations, thus gaining 'insight'. The aim of psychoanalysis therapy is to release repressed emotions and experiences, i.e. make the unconscious conscious." When many think of Freud, they tend to recall the classic couch which patients would lie on, as the therapist sat behind them taking notes. But what do modern day psychoanalysts offices look like? Have we evolved beyond Freud's archaic couch?
Psychoanalyst and photographer Dr. Mark Gerard has been working to answer this question. Over the past number of years, Dr. Gerard has been photographing psychoanalysts in their offices around the world to give us an inside look at the variety of shapes and decor twenty-first century psychoanalysis offices take. You can check out his series "In The Shadow of Freud's Couch" here.
“One of my early goals or values with this project was to demonstrate the viability of psychoanalysis through diversity,” he explains. “It doesn't have too look on the outside the same to be able to work deeply and be analytic. I’d like to go to parts of Africa and see what’s going on there. While these things may seem different, the interest in subconscious— even if it is not called that— the interest in dreams and in what gets communicated beneath the surface, that is universal.”
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