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Matthis, I. Kilhlbom, M. Prawitz, D.M. Bryngelson, L. Sallander, G. (2006). The Body-Mind Study Groups of the Swedish Psychoanalytic Society. Neuropsychoanalysis, 8(1):108-110.

(2006). Neuropsychoanalysis, 8(1):108-110

The Body-Mind Study Groups of the Swedish Psychoanalytic Society

Iréne Matthis, Magnus Kilhlbom, Daniela Montelatici Prawitz, Lennart Bryngelson and Gunilla Sallander

Within the core of the psychoanalytic movement in Sweden, the idea of interdisciplinary cooperation has received much verbal support, but less practical. This relates especially to neuropsychoanalysis, the subject of which has been deleted from the training curriculum of the Institute. It has also been criticized in articles and books for being something of a positivistic aberration within psychoanalysis. This is, of course, on ongoing and necessary discussion, in which members of the groups take active part. Also, the approach of the psychoanalytic psychosomatics (PAPS) group seems to have threatened the more phenomenologically oriented psychoanalysts. The latter are less interested, it seems, in finding out about those unconscious meanings that materialize in somatic or neurological disorders. The PAPS group, however, is bringing precisely somatic disorders and illnesses into the field of phenomena capable of being understood and interpreted in a meaningful psychoanalytic way. Perhaps we could say, paraphrasing Freud, that resistance is a good sign. To immediately swallow, without thought and some resistance, new ideas is no good (as was the case in the United States when psychoanalytic ideas were introduced at the beginning of last century), but future developments will be better grounded if friction is applied and worked with (as in the reception of psychoanalysis in France, according to Freud). However, the work of the different body—mind groups in Sweden continues:


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