In the course of the last century, people throughout the world have become familiar with the use of psychotherapy ‑‑‑ administered professionally by a psychologist, psychiatrist or counselor ‑‑‑ for the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship problems and other difficulties. The discipline of psychology has expanded dramatically in the past hundred years and the idea of seeking therapy has become commonplace at least in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and some parts of Africa, even if it continues to be somewhat stigmatized.
At the source of all these developments are the disciplines of psychoanalysis and related modes of psychoanalytic thinking. Yet today these disciplines, despite their growth, have splintered into numerous factions, with different schools of theory, therapy and treatment, competing for the public’s attention. Despite its origins in the work of Sigmund Freud, “psychoanalysis” has actually become a multitude of different disciplines, with divergent assumptions about the human condition and dissimilar methods by which to address human suffering. Additionally, from out of these often conflicting or contradictory variants, a profusion of different modes of psychotherapy have developed.
All too often, serious differences in opinion about what it means to be human, why humans suffer, and what psychoanalysis how can achieve in relation to this suffering, are ignored for the sake of guild interests and the appearance of professional cohesion. This is not in the public’s best interests, nor does it advance our understanding of the science of healing. In this context…
It is time to rediscover psychoanalysis!
The community of RediscoveringPsychoanalysis.org are committed to advancing the authenticity of psychoanalysis as the healing science of lived‑experience.