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Psychoanalysis and the university: A difficult relationship


  • Otto F. Kernberg

    1. Director, Personality Disorders Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Payne Whitney Westchester., Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Training and Supervising Analyst, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research USA 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605 USA –
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A critique of present-day isolation of psychoanalytic institutes and of their lack of emphasis on research and scientific development is followed with concrete proposals for reorienting psychoanalytic education toward university settings, with the ultimate purpose of bringing together psychoanalytic theory and scientific contributions with the contemporary contributions of neurobiological science and the humanities. Efforts already under way in this direction and practical recommendations for further steps to integrate psychoanalytic education and research within university settings are outlined.