Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran

Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran

Author's Talk - Gohar Homayounpour introduced by M Fakhry Davids
1 Stunde 30 Minuten
A treasure trove of ideas in psychoanalysis, exploring its history and theory, and bringing psychoanalytic perspectives to bear on a diverse range of topics. Freud Museum website:


vor 8 Jahren
Author’s Talk - Gohar Homayounpour introduced by M Fakhry Davids
Is psychoanalysis possible in the Islamic Republic of Iran? This is the question that Gohar Homayounpour poses to herself, and to us, at the beginning of this memoir of displacement, nostalgia, love, and pain. Twenty years after leaving her country, Homayounpour, an Iranian, Western-trained psychoanalyst, returns to Tehran to establish a psychoanalytic practice. When an American colleague exclaims, “I do not think that Iranians can free-associate!” Homayounpour responds that in her opinion Iranians do nothing but. Iranian culture, she says, revolves around stories. Why wouldn’t Freud’s methods work, given Iranians’ need to talk?
Thus begins a fascinating narrative of interlocking stories that resembles–more than a little–a psychoanalytic session. Homayounpour recounts the pleasure and pain of returning to her motherland, her passion for the [...]

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