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A word from our president

A word from our president I am privileged to take on the role of president of the Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society, first established in 1972. As Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation in 2017, our society will celebrate its 45th anniversary. The OPS will have the honour of hosting the Canadian Psychoanalytic Congress as part of all these celebrations. We continue to offer our scientific and film programs, our course in The Essentials of Psychoanalysis, and other events through our Education and Outreach committee. Psychoanalysis, while one of the oldest of the modern psychological treatments, also consistently offers among the newest insights into our minds. The OPS seeks to play its part as a repository for psychoanalytic thought, where the theories may grow and evolve and be passed on. As president I know I am mostly a figurehead, for the spirit of the OPS lies in its members and their many contributions to our programs.

Rob Northey, President

"Feelings of love and gratitude arise directly and spontaneously in the baby in response to the love and care of his mother." - Melanie Klein
"The capacity to become depressed, to mourn loss, is something that is not inborn nor is it an illness, it comes as an achievement of healthy emotional growth." — D. W. Winnicott
"The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind." — Sigmund Freud
"Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist. Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together." — D. W. Winnicott
"The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery." — Erik H. Erikson
"We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees." — Anna Freud
"One does not become fully human painlessly." — Rollo May
"…and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self." — D. W. Winnicott
"If a new result is to have any value, it must unite elements long since known, but till then scattered and seemingly foreign to each other, and suddenly introduce order where the appearance of disorder reigned." — Wilfred Bion
"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity." — Sigmund Freud

Sandor Ferenczi Study Group

SANDOR FERENCZI was a devoted follower of Sigmund Freud and, at one time, the heir apparent to the leadership of the International Psychoanalytic Society. However, for nearly a century, his writings have languished in libraries due to the politics of Freud’s inner circle. In recent years, his brilliant, innovative thinking has been rediscovered and is undergoing a renaissance: his prodigious contribution to modern psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic thinking is at last being recognized.

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Louise Carignan (1951–2013)

This is an excerpt of an essay published in the Canadian Journal of PsychoanalysisVol 21, No 2, pp 381-385 (2013), and republished here with permission.


"Bamboozled by Bad Science", by Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Great Article by Dr. Shedler: "Bamboozled by Bad Science", on how so called evidence-based psychotherapy is oversold...



Dr. Robert Northey

"What is psychoanalysis?", by Claudia M Gold at the 'Child in Mind' blog

"My Freudian Slip into Psychoanalysis", by Diane Weber Bederman on the Huffington Post

A very interesting blog entry about the author's experience with psychoanalysis, with reference to a fellow member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. To read it, click here.

Essay 167


Dr. Mary Eleanor Yack

Mourning and melancholia revisited: Freudian metapsychology correlates with research findings in neuropsychiatry (a paper in the Annals of General Psychiatry)


A video titled: 'Psychoanalysis: An Introduction'

This short, but well-done video made by the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation, manages in 7 minutes to give a nice summary about psychoanalysis...

An introduction to psychoanalysis
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Dr. Radut