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"From Psychoanalysis to Psycho-analytical Psychotherapy, from Psycho-analytical     Psychotherapy to Psychoanalysis"

 By Emeritus Professor Carlos Amaral Dias, BSc(Hons), MD, PhD, C. Psychol., FBPsS

Professor in the University of Coimbra, Director of Instituto Superior Miguel Torga and
Vice-President of the Portuguese Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy




The relationship between Psychoanalysis as clinical practice and Psychotherapy is neither linear nor straight-forward.

In point of fact, Psychoanalysis both as theory and practice started with the so-called transference neuroses which had a huge importance in the works of Sigmund Freud. In a way, this was unavoidable since the creator of Psychoanalysis had as "office mates" a substantial number of neurotics, some of whom helped to create the newly founded science: Dora, Little Hans, the Rat Man, the Wolf Man, among others.

Another "fellow companion", Schreber, was not a visitor to Berggasse 19,  Vienna, but made it possible to understand and treat those individuals who due to their characteristics cannot lie on the couch but need psycho-analytical help.

This communication is an elaboration a posteriori (Nachträglichkeit, afterwardsness) of the long path of Psychoanalysis.

Key-words: Psychoanalysis, Psycho-analytical Psychotherapy, Freud.


Professor Carlos Amaral Dias is currently Director of Instituto Superior Miguel Torga, Vice-President of the Portuguese Association of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Invited Professor of the Doctoral Programme of Mental Health in University of Porto, besides his position in University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1981. He is also a private practitioner of psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

In the past, Professor Carlos Amaral Dias was a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and of the International Review of Psychoanalysis, and Chairman, Teaching Committee, Trainer and Superviser analyst in Portuguese Society of Psychoanalysis.

With many books published since 1979, Professor Carlos Amaral Dias is a marking presence in the Portuguese cultural context, and has been collaborating regularly with several prestigious journals and newspapers and also radio and television.



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