Narrative, Power and the Public
8. Per Magnus Johansson: What Do You Do When You Do What You Do?
Per Magnus Johansson is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice; his training took place in Paris. In 2009, he published the fourth volume in his series Freuds Psykoanalys; Inblickar i Psykiatrins och den Psykodynamiska Terapins Historia i Göteborg 1945–2009 [Freud’s Psychoanalysis; Insight into the History of Psychiatry and the History of Psychodynamic Therapy in Gothenburg 1945–2009]. Johansson is an associate professor and a senior lecturer in the Department of History of Ideas and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg. He is founder and editor in chief of the cultural journal Arche. In 2006, he received the decoration Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the French Department of Education and Sciences.
Mika Hannula: As a practicing psychoanalyst, you have been in analysis yourself. With whom?
Per Magnus Johansson: I started my analysis with Pierre Legendre; it was in Paris, in 1979. He was a didactic analyst at École freudienne de Paris, an institution founded by Jacques Lacan in 1964 and dissolved by him in 1980, close to his own death. I was in analysis with Pierre Legendre, who was a professor of History of Religion. He started out as a lawyer and his training was consequently academic. He wasn’t a psychologist, nor was he a psychiatrist. He was an analyst, trained at École freudienne de Paris.
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