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Lockdown Therapy
Jungian Perspectives on How the Pandemic Changed Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781032200156
Published October 7, 2022 by Routledge
304 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This fascinating volume explores — from the perspective both of analysts and their patients—how the COVID-19 pandemic quickly and unexpectedly created profound and lasting changes in the ways psychoanalysis is conducted, and what those changes mean for analysis moving forward.

The first part of the book is made up of interviews conducted by Stefano Carpani with authoritative authors in analytical psychology during the earliest phase of lockdown, centered on themes of the pandemic, lockdown, and how each individual was coping with the challenges those circumstances brought on. The second part features personal essays that further details the subjective experiences of Jungian analysts and therapists worldwide, comprising a collection of reflections on how COVID-19 affected and changed the way analysts work with patients. These reflections focus on the theoretical, clinical, technical, and also practical points of view, including clinical materials on transference and counter-transference considerations. The third part of the book is specular to the second and offers reflections from patients’ perspective on how the pandemic changed their therapies and lockdown affected their experience of therapy. Patients have provided anonymous testimonies through their writing of how they experienced of the change of setting, mindset and related implications.

A comprehensive overview of an important and ongoing conversation, Lockdown Therapy is crucial reading for Jungian analysts and scholars, as well as other clinicians training in analysis, psychotherapy and counselling.

Table of Contents


Misser Berg

Introduction: The Suspension of Certainties 

Stefano Carpani & Monica Luci

Part I 

1. Spring and Imagination

Verena Kast

2. Nature and Death

Murray Stein

3. Illness as Metaphor

Paul Attinello

4. Compensation

John Beebe

5. The Suspension of Time

Davide Favero & Stefano Candellieri

6. Psychosocial Perspectives and Covid 19

Andrew Samuels

7. The Suspension of Certainties

Susan Rowland

8. Fraternitè

Ursula Brasch

9. Nightmares

Renate Daniels

Part II 

10. How I Was Affected by Covid-19 in my Practice

Misser Berg

11. Are You There? Disconnection Entering the Analytical Space

Olivia del Castillo

12. One Other Contagion in the Time of Coronavirus

Dan Cross

13. Covid-19: Impressions, Sidelights, and Thoughts from the Psychotherapeutic Practice

Renate Daniel

14. Poetry as a Personalized Lockdown Therapy

Roula Maria Dib

15. Presence and Absence of the Body in Psychotherapy During Lockdown

Paolo Ferliga

16. What Does the Virus Do to the Analytic Container? Thoughts on the Frame in Times of Pandemic

Daniela Eulert-Fuchs

17. Lockdown Therapy: What the Virus Gives and Takes Away

Roberto Grande

18. How Are You? The Mystery of Communication Between Alone-nesses

Emilijia Kiehl

19. Psyche and the Speed of Life: Jungian Reflections on the Pandemic

Milena Sotirova-Kohli

20. To Touch and To Be Touched: On Affection, Infection and Contagion: An Analysis of the Analytic Ethic Reimagined Through Coronavirus

Tiffany Houck-Loomis

21. Jungian Analysts' Experiences of Working Online

John Merchant

22. Saying "Goodbye" Over Zoom: On Termination During Covid

Jon Mills

23. Impact of the Pandemic on my Therapeutic Practice

Marianne Müller

24. Living in the Shadow of War

Ruth Williams

25. Home, Sweet Home

Tine Papič

26. The Expanded Container: Analysis in a Pandemic

Nancy Robinson-Kime

27. Facing Suffering, Compassion and Tranformation

Heyong Shen

28. Online Therapy: The New Normal?

Pia Skogemann

29. Is the Genie Out of the Bottle? The Impact of the Pandemic on Analytic Process and Analytic Training

Mark Winborn

30. Accelerations and decelerations: Individuation at Pandemic Speed

Luciana Ximenez

Part III

31. 'Me and My Therapist are Bodies in Space, Or: Embodied Sliding on the Ego-Self Axis

J. F.

32. Coming and Going

K. E. K.

33. A Personal Experience of Therapy During Covid-19 Pandemic

M. S.

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Stefano Carpani, M.Phil., M.A., is a psychoanalyst (CGJIZ and IAAP). He is the editor of Breakfast at Küsnacht (Chiron, 2020), The Plural Turn in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies (Routledge, 2021), Anthology of Contemporary Classics in Analytical Psychology: The New Ancestors (Routledge, 2022) and Individuation and Liberty in a Globalized World: Psychosocial Perspectives on Freedom after Freedom (Routledge, 2022).

Monica Luci, PhD, Jungian and relational psychoanalyst (AIPA-IAAP and IARPP), works in private practice in Rome. She is the author, translator, and editor of publications on the themes of trauma, displacement, collective violence, sexuality, and gender, among which the monographs Torture, Psychoanalysis & Human Rights (Routledge, 2017), and Torture Survivors in Analytic Therapy: Jung, Politics and Culture (Routledge, 2022).


"It is a great pleasure for me to acknowledge the excellent work done by the editors and all the contributors to this important book. The pandemic has changed us all and we need tools to understand how. It is my belief that this book will make a lasting contribution to the understanding of how the pandemic changed the Jungian world and how creativity and profound reflectivity could help us all in finding new ways to continue the work. I am sure that the book will be of great value to our Jungian community." - Misser Berg, IAAP President Elect