Beyond Analytic Anonymity: On the Political Involvement of Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists in Israel

  • Emanuel Berman


This chapter is unique in combining several levels of discussion. One is the technical-theoretical discourse of psychoanalysis, aimed at therapeutic effectiveness, which, according to older models, recently challenged, will be hampered or eliminated by the analyst’s disclosing any real information about personal opinions and preferences. Another is autobiographical, as Emanuel Berman frankly discusses, and reflects on, his life history, including both early family and later political opinions and actions. A third is a well-informed brief history of political activities by mental health professionals in Israel wishing to take a role in unfolding historical developments around them. An interesting ethical and political question is raised: Should mental health professionals take a public stand on political issues qua mental health professionals? The writing in this chapter is marked by an uncommon degree of self-disclosure, self-analysis, and self-criticism, of the kind that has always been the ideal, if not the reality, in the history of psychoanalysis. One wonders how many of us could live up to that ideal in the way Emanuel Berman does.


Mental Health Professional Israel Journal Mental Health Worker Political Involvement Israeli Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuel Berman
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  1. 1.University of HaifaIsrael

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