Book Review: Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran by Gohar Homyounpour
Is psychoanalysis possible in the Islamic Republic of Iran? Can Iranians free associate? In her book, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, Dr. Gohar Homyounpour uses an ”old school” psychological therapy with a culture that might appear more exotic than useful, but she quickly dispels these questions and takes us on a personal and professional journey. Dr. Homyounpour courageously states, “I have been taught by every single patient, supervise, and student to give what I haven’t got.” Dr. Homyounpour eagerly returns to her homeland to practice psychoanalysis. She quickly realizes that she has changed and doesn’t fit in. This challenge impacts her practice and sense of self. This little book is filled with fascinating observations and twists that keeps the reader engaged. It is a book that should leave one with analyzing “their world”. If you are interested in psychology, literature, and learning about different cultures, this is worth reading.
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