WHICH THEORIES AND CONCEPTIONS DO PSYCHOANALYSTS AND PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPISTS CONSIDER HELPFUL IN THEIR PRACTICE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNFOLDING IN UKRAINE?
Mariana Velykodna
Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical University
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6269-793X
Halyna Tsyhanenko
Ukrainian State Employment Service Training Institute
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1950-157X
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Keywords

COVID-19
pandemic
psychoanalysis
psychoanalytic psychotherapy
transference
counter transference

How to Cite

Velykodna, M., & Tsyhanenko, H. (2020). WHICH THEORIES AND CONCEPTIONS DO PSYCHOANALYSTS AND PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPISTS CONSIDER HELPFUL IN THEIR PRACTICE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC UNFOLDING IN UKRAINE?. PSYCHOLOGICAL JOURNAL, 6(8), 88-100. https://doi.org/10.31108/1.2020.6.8.7

Abstract

This paper presents the results of an anonymous survey of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists (n=71) from different institutions, associations, and theoretical schools, which was conducted online after a month of lockdown in Ukraine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the survey, one-third of the respondents adhered to their usual psychoanalytic theories and conceptions for reflecting on the phenomena they observed during the pandemic unfolding. Two-thirds of the practitioners admitted that they had been focusing or shifting toward certain conceptions in their theoretical thinking more than they used to. These theories were referring to the following two main issues: (1) how the psychic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine in each particular case can be explained and theorized on, and (2) how a psychoanalyst can deal with it through his or her own analytic stance and interventions. Practitioners tended to refer to the theoretical viewpoints of “Classic psychoanalysis”, “Object relations”, and the variety of particular one-time-mentioned theories of mourning, anxiety, trauma, defense mechanisms, manifestation of neurotic conflicts, Self issues, complexes, early traumatic experience, etc.

 

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