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(2018). How IPSO Benefits Psychoanalytical Training and Practice. IJP Open, 5:50.

(2018). IJP Open, 5:50

How IPSO Benefits Psychoanalytical Training and Practice

In this paper the author attempts to show how participating in the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization can have a beneficial effect on candidates’ training and practice. At the level of training, insular tendencies and local institutional dynamics can limit candidates to a restricted range of thinking, combined with emotional entanglements, that may curtail their intellectual freedom. The breadth of differences in approaches to training that IPSO exposes candidates to, and the fact that this takes place outside of their home Institute and its hierarchies, is potentially an antidote to this. At the level of practice, psychoanalysis is a rewarding but also arduous profession that exposes its practitioners to many hardships, the extent of which is sometimes minimized or denied. IPSO embodies a spirit that marries intense intellectual interest for psychoanalysis with an enthusiastic attitude towards sharing good times with colleagues. The author posits that this libidinal investment is paramount to surviving and enjoying our work. Furthermore, in a profession as intangible as ours, positive personal bonds with colleagues are essential to us communicating effectively about our thinking.

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