“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
Both SAPA and SAPI are committed to thinking about the mental health of all South Africans, both rich and the poor. In addition to the treatment of analysands four times a week on the couch, we also committed to outreach work and psychoanalytic research, which we see as crucial. Providing a relevant psychoanalysis in our context means, as suggested by Joseph Sandler, the separation of approach from method. This is not about offering a watered down version of psychoanalysis or psychotherapy but thoughtfully using psychoanalytic concepts in a way that supports and underpins outreach work. The SAPI monthly community clinical seminars, which aim to provide a particular type of skilled support of those in the field, are an excellent example of this model.
Note to members: We call on SAPI and SAPA colleagues to donate pro-bono clinical time to the SAPI/SAPA Low Fee Scheme.
Please contact Sue Levy: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary-Anne Smith: email@example.com in Johannesburg or Armien Abrahams: firstname.lastname@example.org in Cape Town for further information.