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Famous Female Psychoanalysts

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List of famous female psychoanalysts, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female psychoanalysts list contains the most prominent and top females known for being psychoanalysts. There are thousand of females working as psychoanalysts in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic psychoanalysts have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a psychoanalyst then the people below should give you inspiration.

People on this list include Nancy Chodorow and Veronica Sinclair.

While this isn't a list of all female psychoanalysts, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female psychoanalysts?" and "Who are the best female psychoanalysts?"
  • Nancy Chodorow
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    Nancy Julia Chodorow (born January 20, 1944) is an American sociologist, feminist psychoanalyst, and professor. Influenced by Freud, Chodorow has written a number of influential books in contemporary feminist writing, including The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender (1978); Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory (1989); Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (1994); and The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999). In 1995, Chodorow was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences. In 1996, The Reproduction of Mothering was chosen by Contemporary Sociology as one of the ten most influential... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1903-1994)
    • Birthplace: Grasse, France
  • Melanie Klein née Reizes (30 March 1882 – 22 September 1960) was an Austrian-British author and psychoanalyst who is known for her work in child analysis. She was the primary figure in the development of object relations theory. Klein suggested that pre-verbal existential anxiety in infancy catalyzed the formation of the unconscious, resulting in the unconscious splitting of the world into good and bad idealizations. In her theory, how the child resolves that splitting depends on the constitution of the child and the character of nurturing the child experiences; the quality of resolution can inform the presence, absence, and/or type of distresses a person experiences later in life.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1882-1960)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
  • Julia Kristeva
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    Julia Kristeva (French: [kʁisteva]; Bulgarian: Юлия Кръстева; born 24 June 1941) is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, semiotician, psychoanalyst, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a professor emeritus at the University Paris Diderot. The author of more than 30 books, including Powers of Horror, Tales of Love, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia, Proust and the Sense of Time, and the trilogy Female Genius, she has been awarded Commander of the Legion of Honor, Commander of the Order of Merit, the Holberg International Memorial Prize, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Vision 97 Foundation Prize, awarded by the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria