Saving Sigmund: psychoanalysts fight to make their profession relevant was posted by the STATnews.com blog on 3-15-17. This article reviews psychoanalysis’s history of having a “arrogant and aloof” reputation, and for not being willing to partner with other healthcare professions and to utilize research and treatment outcomes measures.
The article reports on efforts by progressive members of the psychology community to incorporate neuroscience and research and to provide outreach to their communities. They also are working on attracting younger therapists – 52% of the members of the American Psychoanalytic Association are between 60 and 80 years old. There is increasing evidence in support of modern versions of psychoanalysis, but the article notes that psychoanalytic practitioners need to do more to educate colleagues and the public about these developments.