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This podcast is devoted to topics on psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalysis, and psychodynamic therapy methods, as well as social issues. A new episode is published every Friday. Recommended readings can be found attached to each respective episode.
Website: https://www.psy-cast.org

Lives of the Unconscious. A Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Cécile Loetz & Jakob Mueller

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This podcast is devoted to topics on psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalysis, and psychodynamic therapy methods, as well as social issues. A new episode is published every Friday. Recommended readings can be found attached to each respective episode.
Website: https://www.psy-cast.org

    Episode 18: Healing Through Understanding—How psychoanalysis works

    Episode 18: Healing Through Understanding—How psychoanalysis works

    “And how is this supposed to work here?” This is the question that quite a few patients ask at the beginning of psychotherapy. How psychotherapy works—especially psychoanalytic treatment—is, at first glance, more difficult to explain than, say, the effect of a medical procedure. A physicians has instruments, to operate on a broken leg, prescribes exercises or drugs, for example an antibiotic. The patient soon feels better and the therapy has worked.
    But what is it like in psychotherapy? Psychoanalysts have no book with therapy instructions, no exercises; they don’t have any pills in the cupboard or anything else that they can conjure up from some therapeutic toolbox. What, after all, is the “drug” in psychoanalysis?
    In psychoanalysis the principle is: healing through understanding. But the questions remains: How can understanding cure a disease? In this episode we will explore the answer to this question.


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    Episode 17: Repression, Rationalization, Sublimation – The “mature” defense mechanisms.

    Episode 17: Repression, Rationalization, Sublimation – The “mature” defense mechanisms.

    Over the course of a therapeutic session, a depressed patient talks about his work colleagues with whom he is working on a group project for his studies. The patient says: "Yesterday we wanted to meet to discuss our project and everyone brought their work. As we were exchanging ideas, I noticed that everyone else was already much further along with their work than me. I have the feeling that they are all much faster in thinking and have more energy and…,” the patient takes a short break and then says: “Well, but that's just the way it is, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. There is nothing that can done about it..."
    What is the defense here? And is it really functional? We will hear more about these and other forms of so-called "mature" defense mechanisms in this episode.


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    • 19 min
    Episode 16: Denial, Splitting, Projection – The early defense mechanisms

    Episode 16: Denial, Splitting, Projection – The early defense mechanisms

    The division head of a company has called an important meeting. All employees are present at the agreed upon time, except for the boss. Only once an employee calls him does he remember the meeting and arrives significantly late. He apologizes cursorily and begins the meeting. In the next few minutes, in front of the assembled team, he criticizes specific employees unusually harshly for their work performance and for their failures until they feel very small and humiliated.
    What is the function of the boss’ defense? And why is it called an early defense mechanism in psychoanalysis? More on this episode.

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    • 20 min
    Episode 15: Compulsion, Obsessiveness, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

    Episode 15: Compulsion, Obsessiveness, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

    Everyone has their rituals that they insist upon observing more or less fastidiously and, if interrupted, would react to sensitively. From adhering to a particular daily routine, say, before an important exam or a date to athletes who cross themselves, put on their lucky socks, or perform some other ritual before competing. Among the so-called obsessive-compulsive disorders there is a set of symptoms that those afflicted must follow by virtue of some inner compulsion, even when they do not want to—and which massively interferes with their ability to enjoy and cope with life, whereby there is no sharp distinction between normal and pathological compulsiveness. Contemporary psychodynamic conceptions have worked out various aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorders and the psychological function they fulfil.

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    • 24 min
    Episode 14: The Oedipus Complex. Timeless or obsolete?

    Episode 14: The Oedipus Complex. Timeless or obsolete?

    When this term comes into play, all analytical alarm bells start going off: Oedipus Complex. This concept seems to epitomize everything disreputable in all those abysmally-fanciful psychoanalytic concepts, which conflate childhood and sexuality and which give birth to concepts such as castration anxiety, penis envy, incestuous desire. But what exactly is the Oedipus complex about? And is the concept still relevant for psychoanalysis today?

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    Episode 13: Borderline—A balancing act between psychological extremes

    Episode 13: Borderline—A balancing act between psychological extremes

    Children are existentially reliant upon their primary caregivers concerning almost every sphere of life and, most of all, in relation to their need for love. If the caregivers are also those who attack this psychological survival, children face an unanswerable situation that has disastrous consequences for psychological development. According to the psychoanalytic understanding, borderline is a severe structural disorder that often originates in early attachment experiences that were devastating or traumatic. Characteristic symptoms, as is common for instance with so-called “cutting” or “black-and-white thinking”, thus represent organizational attempts—once again stabilizing and maintaining fragile self-states at moments in which inner emptiness and dissolution are felt. In this episode, we will move into the borderlands of the psyche, and try to understand some of the extreme experiential states of emotional experience and experience of the self.

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    • 29 min

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