Lives of the Unconscious

Lives of the Unconscious

Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 30: On the psychoanalysis of addictive disorders

Lives of the Unconscious

Addiction is one of the most widespread forms of mental illness. However, it is also burdened with many stigmas, and those suffering from it are often stigmatized. Treating it is considered difficult. But why do people become addicted? Can anyone become an addict? What is the psychological function of addictive behavior? This episode is an introduction to the psychoanalytic understanding of addictive disorders, focusing especially on the unconscious dynamics of shame and guilt.

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Literature Recommendations

  • Gill, R. (2014). Addictions From an Attachment Perspective: Do Broken Bonds and Early Trauma Lead to Addictive Behaviours? London: Routledge.
  • Haber, D.H. (2022). Addiction, Accommodation, and Vulnerability in Psychoanalysis: Circles without a Center. London: Routledge.
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