The Devil’s Gospel – Political Psychology of the Greek Crisis

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Political Psychology of the Greek Crisis

By Nikos Sideris
Editions Metaichmio
Athens 2014
349 pages

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Night of the mind and golden dawn: The rise of neo-nazism in Greece in crisis

A sorrowful numbness defines the psychological coordinates of the present Greek crisis. The tint of sorrow is due to the multiple losses people experience: They lose material goods, earnings and acquisitions. They lose the entertaining illusion complex cultivated by consumer narcissism, that is to say, imaginary pleasures. They lose confidence in the world, in the other and in what they considered good and likeable in themselves. Loss of material status and loss of the voluptuous illusion cause a violent mourning process. However, the dominant psychological specificity of the present crisis corresponds to the numbness of thought, of speech and of action, which determines people’s attitude, especially of those overwhelmed by the crisis.    


Nikos Sideris (Greek author and psychoanalyst)

NS_portrait Nikos Sideris was born in Athens (1952) and studied Medicine at the University of Athens. He then settled in Paris for his postgraduate studies (specializing in Psychiatry, History and Neuropsychology-Neurolinguistics). He is a PhD of Panteion University Psychology Department and teaching psychoanalyst, member of the Strasbourg School of Psychoanalysis (E.P.S.) and the European Psychoanalysis Federation (FEDEPSY). He works as a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and family therapist in Athens. […]

Floating and Sinking in Psychoanalysis

NS_portraitAlexandra Chronaki: Floating and Sinking. In which way do these two notions appear in psychoanalysis? Do they refer to psychopathology or to the process of psychoanalysis as well?

Nikos Sideris: Floating and sinking are subjective experiences corresponding to vestibular sensations, illusions or hallucinations. They may typically occur in conditions of hypnosis, hypnagogic states (when falling asleep), relaxation and yoga exercises, meditation, drug-induced states or psychopathology of organic (febrile, toxic …) or functional origin.