“It has been my fate 'to disturb the peace of the world.'” - Sigmund Freud
“A good relation to ourselves is a condition for love, tolerance and wisdom towards others... if we have become able, deep in our unconscious minds, to clear our feelings to some extent towards our parents of grievances, and have forgiven them for the frustrations we had to bear, the we can be a peace with ourselves and are able to love others in the true sense of the word.” - Melanie Klein
“The first thing to say about the unconscious... is what Freud says about it: It consists of thoughts... what is essential in repression... is not that affect is suppressed, but that it is displaced and misrecognizable.” - Jacques Lacan
“The particular activity of psychoanalysis is 'the scientific pursuit of the psychic unconscious'... Psychoanalysis is 'a psychology of repression.'” - Sigmund Freud
“Although love-relationships in adult live are founded upon early emotional situations in connection with parents, brothers and sisters, the new relationships are not necessarily mere repetitions of early family situations. Unconscious memories, feelings and phantasies enter into the new love-relationship or friendship in quite disguised ways.” - Melanie Klein
“Just because people ask you for something doesn't mean that's what they really want you to give them... Desire is the crux of the entire economy we deal with in psychoanalysis. If we fail to take it into account, we are necessarily led to adopt as our only guide what is symbolized by the term 'reality,' a reality existing in a social contract... the very foundation of interhuman discourse is misunderstanding.” - Jacques Lacan
“Feelings of guilt and the drive to make reparation are intimately bound up with the emotion of love. If, however, the early conflict between love and hate has not been satisfactorily dealt with, of if guilt is too strong, this may lead to a turning away from loved people or even to a rejection of them.” - Melanie Klein
“The Oedipus Complex is justifiably regarded as the kernel of neuroses.” - Sigmund Freud
“In the development of mankind as a whole, just as in individuals, love alone acts as the civilizing factor in the sense that it brings a change from egoism to altruism.” - Sigmund Freud
“What the subject finds is not what motivated his attempt at refinding... the crux of desire is essentially found in impossibilities.” - Jacques Lacan
“It is clear that emotions first appear in the early relation of the child to his mother's breasts, and that they are experienced fundamentally in connection with the desired person. It is necessary to go back to the mental life of the baby in order to study the interaction of all the various forces which go to build up this most complex of all human emotions which we call love.” - Melanie Klein
“I can assure you that, through the supposition of unconscious mental processes, a critical new direction in the world and in science is open to us.” - Sigmund Freud
The members of SAPA, as well as its Trainees and administrative staff, are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in their professional practices and personal lives. SAPA has adopted a Code of Ethics, which broadly follows the Ethical Principles of the IPA. Members and Trainees are required to adhere to this Code, and disciplinary procedures are followed in the event of failures to do so.
Whenever there is ambiguity in the interpretation of this Code, SAPA members are expected to consult with senior colleagues for advice and guidance. The Code is an evolving set of ethical principles and practices that will develop in tandem with its application.
SAPA is committed to non-discrimination with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and socioeconomic class, in all aspects of its educational and professional functioning, including in the selection and training of individuals wishing to become psychoanalysts. Additionally, in the context of South Africa's history of apartheid, SAPA supports the principle of affirmative action with regard to previously disadvantaged individuals and communities, and encourages its members to do likewise in their professional activities.