The 2016 Gradiva Award Nominees

The awards were inspired by Freud's essay "Delusions and Dreams in Jensen's Gradiva (1907(1905)), in which he stated, "Creative writers are valuable allies and their evidence is to be prized highly, for they are apt to know a whole host of things between heaven and earth of which our philosophy has not yet let us dream ... they draw upon sources which we have not yet opened up for science."

Reproduction of the Gradiva which hung next to Freud's Couch. Photo by Edmund Engelman, 1938

Recalling Freud's words, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) established the Gradiva® Awards to honor our "valuable allies," including poets, artists, producers, directors, publishers, etc., who have created works that advance psychoanalysis.

2016 Gradiva Nominees


“Vamik’s Room” by Molly Castelloe

A documentary film by Molly Castelloe, about psychoanalyst and 5-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Vamik Volkan

“The Id, the Ego, and the Superego” by Freud Museum London

'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series by Freud Museum London​ for students and teachers.

“Twinsters” by Samantha Futerman

Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto Directors, Small Package Films 2015

Mémoires d’une Infirmière (Memoirs of a Nurse) by Eszter Toth

Galit Atlas - The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing, and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2015)

Patricia A. DeYoung - Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame: A Relational/Neurobiological Approach (Routledge 2015)

Ahmed Fayek - Future Psychoanalysis: Toward a Psychology of the Human Subject (Lexington Books 2015)

Efrat Ginot - The Neuropsychology of the Unconscious: Integrating Brain and Mind in Psychotherapy (W. W. Norton & Company 2015)

Daniel Hill - Affect Regulation Theory: A Clinical Model (W. W. Norton & Company 2015)

Trevor C. Pederson - The Economics of Libido: Psychic Bisexuality, the Superego, and the Centrality of the Oedipus Complex (Karnac Books 2015)

Books, Edited
Adrienne Harris & Steven Kuchuck - The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor (Routledge 2015)

Kevin C. Krycka, George Kunz & George G. Sayre - Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship (Duquesne University Press 2015)

Patrick Luyten, Linda C. Mayes, Peter Fonagy, Mary Target & Sidney J. Blatt - Handbook of Psychodynamic Approaches to Psychopathology (Guilford Press 2015)

Martin Liebscher - Analytical Psychology in Exile: The Correspondence of C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann (Princeton University Press 2015)

Ronald C. Naso & Jon Mills - Humanizing Evil: Psychoanalytic, Philosophical and Clinical Perspectives (Routledge 2015)

Koichi Togashi & Amanda Kottler - Kohut’s Twinship Across Cultures: The Psychology of Being Human (Routledge 2015)

Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Petzel Gallery, September 10-October 24, 2015

The Freud Museum London, 2015-2016
In association with Ben Brown Fine Arts, curated by James Putnam.


Avner Bergstein
“Attacks on Linking or a Drive to Communicate? Tolerating the Paradox”
The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 84:4, 921-942, 2015

Barbara D’Amato
“Writer’s Dreams”
in Dreams, Phantasms and Memories, W. Owczarski & Z. Ziemann, eds.
University of Gdansk Press, 2015

Beth Darlington
“Kristine Mann: Jung’s “Miss X” and a Pioneer in Psychoanalysis”
Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 92, 2015

Ladson Hinton
“Temporality and the Torments of Time”
The Journal of Analytical Psychology, 60:3, 353-370, 2015

New Media

A Tale of Two Twins by Galit Atlas

The New York Times psychotherapy series “Couch,” 2015

“MW: An Introduction,” 2015 by AmeLia Walton

Rutgers DSW Multimedia Projects, 2015

The 2017 Gradiva Awards

The annual Gradiva® Awards for the best published, produced, or publicly exhibited works that advance psychoanalysis are presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis at a special awards ceremony during our annual conference each fall in NYC.

Each winner receives a handsome brass plaque etched with the image of Gradiva, which is based on a Pompeiian relief similar to one that hung in Freud’s office. An additional award that includes a $500 scholarship is given to the best student paper that has not been previously published.

More info here.

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