Psychoanalysis and Buddhism?
Interesting episode of "Psychoanalysis Podcast" from February 17. Psychologist Andreas Keller is asked how he sees the future of psychoanalysis and what he wants to work with?
About 39 minutes into the interview:
"You who come from your generation, 70s, 80s artists, what do you see need to change in the psychoanalytic world, for psychoanalysis to keep up with its
time?" Good question. There are divided opinions about it in my generation. We who are studying the training together now, we have quite different opinions about it, which come together side by side. After all, there are those who believe that psychoanalysis needs more traditional research, for example, who want psychoanalysis and various derivatives of psychoanalysis to receive more evidence, scientific evidence. There are those who are fighting for psychoanalysis to have a greater place in public health care. The two currents are well connected quite a lot, that they want the analysis to have evidence and that it should fit in the public health care.
I don't really think so myself, but I think maybe the future of psychoanalysis, somehow, is in some kind of friendship with, for example, the Buddhist movement. Thus, that there are people who selves choose to enter into a search around themselves and their lives in, for example, meditation, or for that matter perhaps in an artistic practice, and that is rather where psychoanalysis has something to give in the future. So that it may not have to be about the focus on the treatment of mental disorders, or what to say. Without perhaps psychoanalysis being presented more as a way to go for those who are genuinely interested in their own life…"
"Anna Krantz talks with psychologist Andreas Keller, candidate in the Swedish Psychoanalytic Association, about what it is like to train as a psychoanalyst…"