Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Palermo "Sensible"

photo: Coffee shop's logo where Freud's face is also a naked woman.

This post follows a previous one as no coincidence: If tango is a
space to let out your passion, consulting with a psychologist or
psychoanalyst is a way to tame your instincts and passions.

Psychoanalysis is a practice that defines an interesting amount of
Argentines: "if you live in Buenos Aires and don't have a
you must be mad" is a common saying here.

The career of Psychology is ranked 3rd in choice, so imagine.
The figures of the 2009 Census show that there is a Psychologist
every 120 inhabitants in the city of Buenos Aires itself. The stats
from last year's Census are not ready yet but we are to assume that
this number has increased.

Psychology is taught in its many versions here: French Lacanian School,
Freudian School, English School, Italian, Systemic, Cognitive,
Behavioral, etc. The beginnings of Psychoanalysis were pretty dark.
Starting in the 1940's, by 1949, the Argentine Association of
Psychoanalysis was accepted by the International Association of
Psychoanalysis. It was first taught in small study groups to
doctors, mainly to psychiatrists. Psychoanalysis was prohibited
during militar dictatorships (1976 - 1983) because it was considered
controversial, it made you think too much, in a period in which you
were supposed to follow orders blindly. Psychoanalytic books were in
the list of the books that were forbidden by the military - having one
of those books, openly being a pshychoanalist could get you killed.

Back in democracy, a law was passed regulating the practice of
Psychology in 1985. That is how the career of Psychology came into
being and has ever since maintained it's independence from the career
of Medicine. Universities throughout the country started teaching it,
expanding the amount of graduates.

There are so many students and so many patients in Buenos Aires
itself that it is very common to hear psychological slang in the
streets or in coffee shops. If you were in London and had an
interest in the field, you would of course, visit the Freud Museum.
Well, if you are in Buenos Aires, you would want to visit Villa Freud.
This is were the majority of the pshychoanalist in Buenos Aires have set
up their practices. It is located around Plaza Guemes between Honduras,
Av. Scalabrini Ortiz, Av. Sta Fe and Coronel Diaz. As a result of all the
psychoanalytic movement in the area, bars and cafés started to adopt
the mood, including shrink terms in their menues, etc. Two of these became
famous also because they echoed the name of the Founder "Sigi" and "Freud".

Wood Allen who has been taking some time off from NYC, should visit us some
day, he'd have a blast shooting one of his films here, no?

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