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Dubcovsky, S. (1982). Inflation. Some Consequences of Economic Crisis on the Psychoanalytic Practice. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 9:85-101.

(1982). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 9:85-101

Inflation. Some Consequences of Economic Crisis on the Psychoanalytic Practice

Santiago Dubcovsky


In this paper there is an expository part connected with three different cities, Vienna 1919,

London 1974, Buenos Aires 1979. Two factors coincide: (a) Inflation; (b) Psychoanalysts devoted to the practice of their profession and making reflections on their science, its improvements, difficulties, its future.

The second part is an evaluation. The Austrian and the English psychoanalysts are worried about the possibility of not being able to practise psychoanalysis under the inflationary crisis and propose different solutions: (1) To widen the social scope of psychoanalysis. (2) To cope with the crisis taking the lead through the learning and teaching of psychotherapies.

The Argentine psychoanalysts show less concern about it. They are accustomed to inflation, they have had it for thirty years. They postulate that it is possible to practise psychoanalysis in times of inflation. They have studied and developed some solutions for the technical problems involved; solutions they use to adapt to an almost chronic inflationary situation with sporadic explosions. They think that the essential dimensions of the psychoanalytic process are not affected and that inflation is compatible with the practice of psychoanalysis, although there are dangers that should be recognized and avoided.

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