Journées de conférence de la Fédération Européenne de Psychothérapie 

27 -29 septembre 2024

A different world? Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Relatedness in Stormy Times

We are living in turbulent times, without a doubt! The post-pandemic upheavals, the war in Europe, the consequences of climate change, and the rise of authoritarian and anti-democratic attitudes are all significant challenges we face. Psychoanalytic psychotherapists across Europe are confronting these multiple threats and are, as Bion put it, “thinking under fire.” These threats include attacks on the therapeutic framework, the undermining of scientific rationale, the erosion of interpersonal relationships, and even the assault on the fundamentals of life itself.However, a fundamental question lingers: Is this truly a different world, or are we simply more aware of the challenges people have always faced? How can we effectively address these challenges in our clinical practice?