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Ermann, M. (2014). The changing face of psychoanalysis and the development of the IFPS†. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 23(2):69-73.

(2014). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 23(2):69-73


The changing face of psychoanalysis and the development of the IFPS

Michael Ermann

The foundation of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS) in 1962 was – from the author's point of view – a reaction to the exclusive politics of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) in the postwar years. It was a political act of self-assertion, and only secondarily a science-related initiative. But meanwhile, the field of international psychoanalysis has changed fundamentally, and the former identity of the IFPS, which was defined from its differences from the IPA, has come under increasing pressure. Meeting this challenge, the question arises: what is the contribution of the Federation to psychoanalysis in the contemporary world? The author believes that the future lies in the exploration of identity-creating relations in all areas and periods of life. To deal with this huge challenge would be a shared task for the whole psychoanalytic community.

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