04/15/2024, 21:10, 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 Nassim Agdari-Moghadam:

Born in Tehran, raised in Vienna, study of European economic and corporate governance, study of psychotherapy science. Psychoanalyst in private practice and at the outpatient clinic for children and adolescents psychotherapy of Sigmund Freud University in cooperation with the Vienna Health Insurance. Publications and lectures on compulsive hoarding.

DWP: What brought you to psychoanalysis?

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: I was thrilled to read and to discuss with other interested in Freud´s case histories and concepts. And I was fascinated to learn a method, which enabled me to learn more about myself, to get to know myself in a better way and to understand my biography.

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

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: I would tell him a dream and listen attentively to his interpretations?

DWP: Fabric or leather couch?

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: Currently, a 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?

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: There are many things in fairy tales, which I really like, in particular, that they treat in a clever way subjects, which concern us all. For example, the Oedipal conflict in Snow White or sibling topics in Cinderella.

DWP: I dream,….

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: When I dream, then it’s a kind of personal cinema. To analyze and to understand my dreams, allows me inside discoveries.

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

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: The emancipatory potential of psychoanalysis; it allows freedom and self-determination.

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

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: At that time the Sigmund Freud University was worldwide the first university of psychotherapy science, the difficulties were mostly of organizational nature. The real challenge, however, was mainly to learn not only the methodology and theory, but also the firsthand experience of my own analysis.

DWP: Do you have a favorite Freud - quote?

Nassim Agdari-Moghadam: “So far as the neurosis has advantages the ego no doubt accepts it; but it does not only have advantages. As a rule it soon turns out that the ego has made a bad bargain by letting itself in for the neurosis. It has paid too dearly for an alleviation of the conflict, and the sufferings attached to the symptoms are perhaps an equivalent substitute for the torments of the conflict, but they probably involve an increase in unpleasure” (S. Freud 1915-1916, The common neurotic state).

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

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