We are delighted to meet with readers with the journal of Language of Psychoanalysis! The advances in science promise hope for humanity’s future and leave profound traces in society. As Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, emphasized, the humans’ narcissism has been shaken by three revolutionary advances in science:
The first advance is of a cosmological nature. The work in question belongs to Nicolaus Copernicus, a scientist from 16th century. A geocentric understanding is replaced by a heliocentric understanding. The world is no more the master of the universe!
The second advance comes from biology. Charles Darwin investigated the origins of living species in theory of evolution and developed the idea that living beings evolved and were transformed from common ancestors. Human beings are no more the masters of other livings!
The third advance is of a psychological nature. The discovery of unconscious via psychoanalysis suggests that humans are not the absolute masters of their own minds: “Ego is no longer the master at its own home!”
These revolutionary advances that have undermined the centrality of human beings are also important in terms of humanization of people, liberation of the individual and his/her constitution of himself/herself as a subject, and civilization of society. Psychoanalysis is aware of its responsibility in the creation of new human being and constitution of a new humanism.
As described by Freud, psychoanalysis continues to offer hope for humanity as a research method that aims to illuminate unconscious processes; as a psychotherapeutic treatment that was developed on this basis and examine human beings’ psychic lives thoroughly and transform them accordingly, and as a theory that tries to explicate psychic phenomena by departing from the data derived from clinical practice.
Psychoanalysis addresses the unconscious and conscious-pre-conscious systems in a dialectical relationship in which they complement each other and it has enabled the birth of a brand-new language through the hermeneutical perspective it has developed.
Language of Psychoanalysis aims to introduce, develop, and discuss this new language and the concepts that are specific to psychoanalysis.
The journal of Language of Psychoanalysis, which is contained within PSİKE Istanbul Psychoanalytic Library and which is the first electronic psychoanalytical journal of Turkey aims to do the following:
Language of Psychoanalysis aims to create an atmosphere for exchange of ideas and discussion by giving place to texts and translations that examine psychoanalysis and applied psychoanalysis via their theoretical and practical aspects;
On the one hand, Language of Psychoanalysis includes the theories of the leading figures of psychoanalysis such as Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Donald W. Winnicott, and Wilfred Ruprecht Bion so as to examine and discuss them at length and on the other hand it touches upon the contribution of contemporary psychoanalysis for opening up space for the development of new perspectives;
Language of Psychoanalysis aims to address the interaction of psychoanalysis with various disciplines such as cinema, literature, philosophy, and anthropology and to make sense of creative processes and culture in light of psychoanalytic theory;
Language of Psychoanalysis aims to include book reviews, interviews and to announce events to readers with regard to publications in this field.
Editor: Özden Terbaş
Editorial Board: Aslı Kuruoğlu – Deniz Arduman Kırcalı –Işıl Ertüzün –Türkay Demir