04/15/2024, 19:58, Vienna  DEUTSCH / ENGLISH

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THE VIENNA PSYCHOANALYST wants to give not only already internationally established psychoanalysts, but also still unknown psychoanalysts the opportunity to post a self-written and not yet published article on the FrontPage of our online magazine!

Our Users then can leave comments, ask questions or discuss the articles in our forum. Our aim is to provide an international platform where for the first time anyone interested in psychoanalysis can exchange ideas on certain topics.
Articles are welcome in German and/ or English.

If you are interested, please send your article to

(For reasons of readability, the male form is used with personal names, however the female form is also always intended.)




In our interview series "in conversation with“, we will briefly present the authors of the leading articles. We want to give our users the opportunity to read the leading article from a different point of view.

This week we are very glad to welcome Hale Usak from Innsbruck, Austria:

Clinical and health psychologist, education scientist-in-training, psychoanalyst-in-training under supervision at the Innsbrucker Arbeitskreis für Psychoanalyse. Her first published monograph "Unter unserem Seelenteppich" highlights previously hidden stories of life and suffering of Turkish pioneers from first-generation guest workers. Her dissertation was published in the Psychosozial-Verlag under the title "Psychoanalyse in der Türkei. Eine historische und aktuelle Spurensuche". Both were rewarded with academic awards.


DWP: What brought you to psychoanalysis?

Hale Usak: Probably my Austro-Turkish "two worldliness", whose sorrowful and pleasurable sides sensitized me to the emotional dynamics.

DWP: If you had the opportunity to talk to Sigmund Freud, what would be the topic?
Are there any specific questions?

Hale Usak: How he experienced the social transition from the Ottoman Empire to the modern Turkish Republic as a man of his time, and how he would interpret it.

DWP: Fabric or leather couch?

Hale Usak: Fabric couch - I feel they are more nostalgic, warmer, more aesthetically pleasing ...

DWP: Bruno Bettelheim pointed out the importance of fairy tales in childhood. Will you tell us your favorite fairy tale? And do you see parallels to your own adult life?

Hale Usak: "Bülbül Yuvası" - "The Nightingale´s Nest". A Turkish film from the 1970s with elements from Cinderella. At first glance, I do not recognize parallels to my development, but I remember me and my brother watched the film when our mother was on "morning shift" during the day and at home in the afternoon. Presumably we perceived our nest to be "kind of motherly warm" ...

DWP: I dream,….

Hale Usak: I often dream of the beauty of the seas - I think it primarily concerns "motherhood" (fr .: la mer - the sea, for: la mère - the mother), but also openness, depth, width, blueness, horizon, distance, environment, dawn …

DWP: What do you find good or particularly good about psychoanalysis and is there anything you do not like about it?

Hale Usak: I think it is quite good that the psychoanalytic method in its multi-dimensionality is also applicable outside of practice rooms.

DWP: What challenges did you have to face during your analytic training?

Hale Usak: The "energetic" challenge to keep the balance between my education, my work and my family. But it was also my driving force.

DWP: Do you have a favorite Freud - quote?

Hale Usak: The term "Inner Africa" for the hidden of one´s own in the inner life

DWP:  Are there other psychoanalysts, in addition to Sigmund Freud, who you like to study?

Hale Usak: There is no specific psychoanalyst; My reading preferences are rather topic-oriented. At the moment I´m reading the book " Unsichtbares sehen – Unsagbares sagen" by Jutta Gutwinski-Jeggle. The mysterious topic and emotional transparency of the author captivate me.

Thank you very much for this conversation, we are already looking forward to your leading article!

Contact information:
Hale Usak

Sigmund Freud Museum SFU Belvedere 21er haus stuhleck kunsthalle
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