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Psychoanalysis and coaching

Roland Brunner (Psychoanalyst, Institute of Psychoanalysis and Management, Paris, France)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 1 November 1998



Psychoanalysis has nothing to say about firms or management as such; inversely, psychoanalytic coaching can aid managers to develop a better understanding of the role they exercise within the firm and to better position themselves in decision making and communication with other people. While it is a practice that takes place outside the classical psychoanalytic framework, psychoanalytic coaching must meet certain criteria in order to justify a psychoanalytic filiation: amongst others, the recognition of the unconscious and of the mechanisms of transference and counter‐transference. Crucially, the analyst is at the service of the subject (the manager) ‐ even if it is the firm that pays for the treatment. While there are risks involved for all parties concerned (the manager, the firm and the analyst), psychoanalytic coaching offers a way of rendering meaningful a management that encompasses the respect of oneself and of others.



Brunner, R. (1998), "Psychoanalysis and coaching", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 13 No. 7, pp. 515-517.




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