Anna Freudenthaler studied molecular biology and increasingly turned away from lab work due to her fascination with subjectivity. Excursions into topics of the philosophy of mind and consciousness had been companying her for a long time when in 2014 she decided to enter the realm of the Unconscious and dedicated herself to psychoanalytical training. She is a candidate in the Vienna Psychoanalytic Community (WAP) and she participates in many events of the Viennese Lacanian Field. Some of her special areas of interest are technologies of consciousness, psychedelic research and queering psychoanalytical concepts. Her blog https://pinkfreudian.wordpress.com/ represents her desire to discuss psychedelic experiences in a psychoanalytical context and develop theories and possible applications.
“Pink Freudian: Psychedelics and the Unconscious”
In the field of psychedelic research we deal with consciousness and therefore the hard problem of subjective experience. Psychoanalysis offers models that lead us to the epistemological foundations of subjective perception on the basis of language (culture) and it is my project to explore their use for describing psychedelic experiences on a structural and psychodynamic level. Publications on psychedelics in the psychiatric community try to minimize so-called bad trips and tend to focus on their capacity to heal symptoms quickly or to correlate neurological and psychological phenomena. The encounter with the Otherness and Weirdness of altered states of consciousness will never be described in proper scientific language and psychoanalysis is one way of integrating a subjects narrative with models of the human psyche because it takes into account the Unconscious. Instead of cropping psychoanalytical models for the dominant scientific discourse which currently eliminates the subjective experience and opts for truth based on statistics, I will exemplify some Freudian and Lacanian concepts with following questions: Do we encounter the Other on DMT? Does LSD enhance transference and what does this mean for psychotherapy? Does the effect of marijuana show how libido moves from objects to the ego and can this help to understand psychotic breaks? What is ego dissolution? As a consequence, I will critically reflect the possibilities of clinical administration of these substances.