04/15/2024, 01:49, 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 ability to read also the leading article from a different point of view.

This week we are very glad to welcome Samer Schaat from Vienna, Austria:

Born in Vienna. Working in the interdisciplinary field of simulation of human decision-making. Completion of the pre-clinical study of medicine, however, change to medical informatics to pursue a systemic and systematic method. After working at the Medical University of Vienna, he works at the Vienna University of Technology. There, the management of projects for the translation and application of psychoanalytic and neuro-scientific concepts in computer models. Development of a model for decision-making, application for the research of cooperation and environmentally behavior. Conclusion of the thesis Decision-making in the social context. Initiator of the nonprofit association for knowledge transfer EdelmanSaid (http://www.edelmansaid.net).

DWP: What led you to deal with psychoanalysis, respectively with Freud and his achievements?

Samer Schaat: Psychoanalysis seemed to me to be the discipline that takes the role of the unconscious seriously and provides the basis for a holistic model of psychological factors and their integration.

DWP: Have you ever undergone psychoanalysis?

Samer Schaat: Briefly and succinctly: no.

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

Samer Schaat: I would be interested in his opinion about the possibilities of the information modeling of the mental apparatus.

DWP: Fabric or leather couch?

Samer Schaat: Fabric couch.

DWP: According to Bruno Bettelheim and 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?

Samer Schaat: Nothing specific, but as a child I preferred Andersen´s fairy tales rather than Grimm’s.

DWP: I dream,….

Samer Schaat: … that the possibilities of computer simulation will be used in order to create recommendations for action to improve social coexistence.

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

Samer Schaat: Pro: The honest and open analysis of the causes for our behavior; the presentation of the connection between different psychological factors.

Contra: tendencies of "psychoanalytic religiosity" and foreclosure; Opportunism in the use of psychoanalytic theories.

DWP: Do you have a favorite Freud - quote?

Samer Schaat: No

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

Samer Schaat: Joseph Sandler presentations were very insightful. Besides my own explorations for a basic understanding, discussions with psychoanalysts were always very important for me as non-psychoanalyst.

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

Contact information of the author:
Samer Schaat

Sigmund Freud Museum SFU Belvedere 21er haus stuhleck kunsthalle
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