Dashtipour, Parisa (2024). Psychoanalysis. In: Bal, Matthijs ed. Elgar Encyclopedia of Organizational Psychology. Elgar Encyclopedias in Business and Management series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (In press).



Psychoanalysis is a theory and clinical practice that centers on the role of the unconscious in human life. Generally, psychoanalysis is used by practitioners and scholars interested in psychological experiences at work but not satisfied with cognitivist and behavioral approaches. The links between psychoanalysis and work and organizational psychology are ambiguous. Today, not many papers published in the major work and organizational psychology journals draw from psychoanalysis. There are, however, many future avenues for the employment of psychoanalysis, especially for researchers and practitioners interested in exploring emotional, disruptive, and repudiated aspects of work and organizational life.

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