Object Relations Podcast: Psychoanalytic Politics and the Myth of Neutrality

Samuel Kelly shares episode three of the four-part Object Relations podcast, on the politics of the psychoanalytic encounter.

Listen to episode one and episode two.

Object Relations is a series of discussions about the relationship between politics and the psyche produced in collaboration with Red Medicine and The Polyphony.

Taking its name from the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein’s theory of how psyches develop in relationship to one another, this series will explore some questions about the politics of psychotherapy, psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

In this episode writer Hannah Zeavin discusses the politics of the psychoanalytic encounter. Specifically she explores the supposed neutrality of the psychotherapist, the relationship between analysis and political organizing and The Psycho-Social Foundation, the nonprofit educational organization for which she is the founding editor.

Hannah Zeavin is a scholar, writer, and editor whose work centers on the history of human sciences (psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry), the history of technology, and media theory. She is Assistant Professor at Indiana University in the Luddy School of Informatics. Additionally, she is a visiting fellow at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference and an awardee of the Courage to Dream Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is the author of The Distance Cure.

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