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Mission Statement

In the field of psychotherapy science, psychodynamics applies theories that have developed more complex models of subjectivity and the mind since the second half of the 18th century. Hence, the conscious unity of subjectivity or mind is abandoned in favour of models that consist of conscious and unconscious parts, which may cooperate but can also come into conflict with each other. 

Founded and consolidated by Sigmund Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Anna Freud, Sándor Ferenczi, Melanie Klein, Helene and Felix Deutsch or Alexandra von Wolff-Stomersee at the beginning of the 20th century with psychoanalysis, the contemporary psychodynamic approach of psychiatry and psychotherapy is pursued by Sidney Blatt, Peter Fonagy, Glen O. Gabbard, Betty Joseph, Otto Kernberg, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, Anna-Maria and Joseph Sandler, Haydée Faimberg or Howard Shevrin. Psychodynamics amounts to a sui generis scientific discipline of mind and cognition.

The first and most important dimension in psychodynamics as a science is the investigating of all phenomena that elude consciousness. The second is that of treatment, of psychoanalytic therapy, which follows the research. The third is that of a general psychology or theory of the mind or theory of mental processes. The results of the traditional clinical as well as empirical and experimental psychoanalytic research contribute to an increasing expansion of the boundaries of the three dimensions mentioned above: method of investigation, therapy and theory of the mind.

Contemporary psychodynamic research is devoted to clinical, empirical and scientific-philosophical investigations as well as inter- and multidisciplinary approaches. It examines the mode of action and effectiveness of the clinical application of psychodynamic theoretical assumptions, its research methodologies and its clinical treatment techniques as well as the application of the former to non-clinical phenomena or to other scientific disciplines (branches of knowledge)


  1. 05 Jun

    Queer Movie Night

    05. June 2023, 18:00 - 22:00
    Kino im Kesselhaus
  2. 21 Jun

    Lunchtime Seminar Series: TBA

    21. June 2023, 12:00 - 13:00
    Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität, TBA
  3. 04 Jul

    The Mirage of Biosocial Complexity: Critique and Collaboration Around the Tools of Epigenetics

    04. July 2023, 17:00
    Vienna BioCenter, IMBA lecture hall, Dr.-Bohr-Gasse 3, 1030 Vienna. (It will be possible to participate online.)