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Mann, G. (2020). Epilogue: Psychoanalysis Beyond the Consulting Room. Psychoanal. Inq., 40(7):570.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 40(7):570

Epilogue: Psychoanalysis Beyond the Consulting Room

Gabriela Mann, Ph.D.

If there is a question whether psychoanalysis should be confined to the consulting room or also have a social impact, these articles show that it is possible and rewarding to reach beyond the consulting room, and they also implicitly suggest that there is a moral duty to do so. These articles collectively suggest that there is an ethical responsibility to be engaged in the wider social world which informs our subjectivities, ideals and humanness.

To achieve this social good, we as analysts need to cultivate our own ability to transcend our tendency to gravitate toward particular-individual phenomena and, in addition, direct our attention to the broader sphere social phenomena. Concepts such as empathy, compassion, attuned listening, respect and generosity are essential for dealing with the vast complexity of social needs.

These articles depict various ways to encourage a broad perspective of contextualism, lending our curative capacities to needy communities. They show how new avenues of professional engagement can promote the evolution of new ideals.

Gabriela Mann, Ph.D.


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