Research Group

Comparative Psychoanalysis

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Studying controversy and dialogue in psychoanalysis

Intellectual, personal and institutional conflict is endemic in the history of psychoanalysis. Alongside this there are creative efforts to establish understanding and communication between perspectives.

The work of our research group includes historical reassessment, conceptual clarification, clinical exploration, reflection on the future of psychoanalysis and attempts to articulate the conditions for fruitful dialogue. The image used to represent this research group was created by Dr Ernst Falzeder, a respected researcher of psychoanalytic movements and friend of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex.

We encourage and support applications for PhD research projects related to the research interests of our members. Please click on the profiles of the members to discover their areas of research. Alternatively, you can send a preliminary enquiry to Professor Matt Ffytche, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department or to Dr David Henderson, Organiser of the Research Group.

Highlights from our work

Research Group Organiser

Our members

International members

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Contact us
Research Group Organiser Dr David Henderson
University of Essex
Departmental Director of Research Professor Matt Ffytche
University of Essex