chapter  2
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The shock of the real: psychoanalysis, modernity, survival

ByANDREW COOPER, JULIAN LOUSADA

The world-wide `crisis' of psychoanalysis is a crisis in its relationship to late modernity, or post-modernity, which it also helped to produce. We fear that on reading this sentence many psychoanalytic clinicians may switch off and read no further. We hope they will persist. A weakness in most psychoanalytic organisations, and in many practitioners, is a reluctance to see that our organisations are social institutions, affected by the same currents of social change and development as the rest of society.