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Psychoanalysis On and Off the Couch

Jan 22, 2023

"Psychoanalysis is a translation of what I call in Spanish, Psicoanalisis Criollo, which means that we are hybrid cultures in Latin America, and that is something that we should never forget. We have been acting in the Psychoanalytical Society for so long as if we were living in some big modern city of the first world, like London, Paris, San Francisco, New York.  I think that this ignoring or even denial of the fact that we are not there, we live in societies which are in many ways different than societies from the first world and we have to take that into account."  


Episode Description: We begin with a description of ‘Psicoanalisis Criollo  - hybrid psychoanalysis,’ "psychoanalysis by and for Latin Americans." We discuss the ways that the analyst’s awareness of cultural factors impacts the clinical approach to deepening the patient’s self-awareness. Jorge presents vignettes where the appearance of socially defined similarities and differences were important elements to address in the treatment. He highlights the delicacy of our culturally colored countertransferences. He shares with us details about his 28-year weekly newspaper column as well as his 330,000 Twitter followers (@jotabruce). We close with his recounting his early history and its contribution to his current interests.  



Our Guest: Jorge Bruce, Licensed in Humanities and Psychology by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. DEA (Master’s degree) by the University of Paris. Member of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis – SPP. Author of several books - the most recent was the new edition of Nos Habíamos Choleado Tanto: Psicoanálisis y Racismo, (2019). Weekly columnist of the national newspaper La República. Former member of the IPA Board (2 periods). Former member of the IPA Executive Committee. Former chair of CAPSA. Former chair of the scientific committee for the IPA Congress on The Infantile. Currant chair of the liaison committee of a Mexican provisional society (ING). 

Jorge Bruce will be a Keynote Speaker at the July 2023 IPA Meetings in Cartagena. Further details at 


Recommended Readings: 

Las Partes en Conflicto: Psicoanálisis, Conflicto y Alteridad. (2015)USMP. Lima, Bruce, Jorge. 

Penser/rêver 21 (2012). Le substitut de Dieu. Pp. 171 – 184. Editions de l’Olivier. Paris. 

Nos habíamos choleado tanto. Psicoanálisis y Racismo, Bruce Jorge. Penguin Random House (Taurus).(2019). Lima.   

Delirio Americano: Una historia cultural y política de América Latina.Granés, C. (2022).  Penguin Random House (Taurus). 

Psychoanalytic views from afar. Lemlij, M. (2022).  Cauces. 

Aires de familia: Cultura y sociedad en América Latina. Monsiváis, C. (2002).ANAGRAMA. 

Freud and the Non-European. Said, E. (2003). Verso. London.