Lives of the Unconscious

Lives of the Unconscious

Podcast on Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Episode 4: “Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast”—Psychic Conflicts


Lives of the Unconscious

Summary:
“Should I really do it—or should I rather not?” In many situations, we are at odds with ourselves, want to have our cake and eat it too, or are two minds—or even more?—about something. Conflicts determine our coexistence with other people, but also our inner mental life. The subject of this episode is: why conflicts are the key to understanding psychological suffering, but also to psychological development.

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