PSYE308 Introduction to Psychoanalysis


An introductory one-term course presenting basic psychoanalytical ideas, notions and concepts. Demonstration of psychoanalytic interpretation of psychic phenomena like behavior patterns, dreams, symptoms are combined with deeper understanding of basic mental processes like thinking, believing and feeling. Clinical examples are included to shed light on contemporary therapeutic practice.

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Psychology (in English)


Assoc. Prof. Nikola Atanassov, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. Svetoslav Savov, PhD

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• basic psychoanalytic theories of mental functioning, symptom formation, human interaction and developmental factors structuring human personality

2) will be able to:

• apply psychoanalytic ideas about unconscious mental functioning to various areas of clinical work and everyday phenomena.
Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. What is Psychoanalysis? Basics of Psychoanalytic Theory – Part 01
  2. What is Psychoanalysis? Basics of Psychoanalytic Theory – Part 02
  3. A Brief History of Psychoanalysis
  4. Theories of Development
  5. Theories of Psychopathology
  6. Psychoanalytic treatment
  7. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, part 1: Transference-focused psychotherapy
  8. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, part 2: Mentalization-Based Treament
  9. Initial interviews and assessment
  10. Psychoanalysis and Research
  11. Child Psychoanalysis
  12. Critiques of Psychoanalysis. Training, professional standards, ethics
  13. Student presentations
  14. Student presentations


• Allen, G. & Fonagy, P. (2006). The Handbook of Mentalization-Based Treatment. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons

• Bateman, A & Holmes, J. (1995). Introduction to psychoanalysis: Contemporary theory and practice. UK: Routledge

• Caligor, E., Kernberg, O. & Clarkin, J. (2007). Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing

• Freud, S. (1920). A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

• Gabbard, G. O., Litowitz, B. E., Williams, P. (2011). Textbook of Psychoanalysis 2nd Edition. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

• Holmes, J. (1993). John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (Makers of Modern Psychotherapy) 1st Edition. UK: Routledge

• Laplanche, J. & Pontalis, J-P. (1975). The Language of Psychoanalysis (7th ed.). NY: W. W. Norton & Company

• Lemma, A. (2003). Introduction to the Practice of Psychoanalytic Practice. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons

• McWilliams, N. (1999). Psychoanalytic Case Formulation. New York: The Guilford Press

• Milton, J. & Fabricius, J. (2011). A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis. UK: Sage

• Freud, A. (1946). The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence. Oxford, England: International Universities Press.

• Klein, M. (1982). Selected Melanie Klein (ed. Mitchell). NY: Free Press

• Winnicott, D. W. (1971). Playing and Reality. UK: Routledge


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