Dialogues with Michael Eigen spans 20 years of diverse interviews and interactions with the acclaimed psychologist Michael Eigen, including interlocutors from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Sweden, Israel, and the United States, published together for the first time.

This book explores the importance of soul reveries, psychoanalytic "prayers", and cultivation of psychoanalytic "faith" in Eigen’s work. The dialogues lay out Eigen’s privileging of emotions as messengers in need of recognition, as welcoming inner gestures for incubation, enabling a deep vitalizing contact of being with oneself and others. Eigen reminds us that struggling with one’s personality remains a life-long task, exposing us to various existential sufferings, agonies, traumas, and losses in need of soul confession, if not analytic prayer.

The book seeks to help readers find, touch, and work with emotional realities a little better and support a growing intimate, creative relation to ourselves. The rich explorations of the interviews and interactions with Eigen help contribute to further appreciation of our experiential life and worlds it opens. Building on his work on mind–body–soul connections, Dialogues with Michael Eigen is an essential book for anyone interested in the spiritual side of psychoanalysis.

part I|94 pages

Emotions as messengers

chapter Chapter 1|25 pages

Demons and wounds

chapter Chapter 2|26 pages

Emotional transmissions and fluctuations of experience

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages

On violence

chapter Chapter 4|5 pages

Sensitivity and sense

chapter Chapter 5|26 pages

Psyche singing

part 2|65 pages


chapter Chapter 6|37 pages

Beginning to wait and waiting as beginning

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

Silence and intimacy

chapter Chapter 8|10 pages

Flames and aloneness

part 3|41 pages

Constant struggle and suffering

chapter Chapter 9|8 pages

Toxins, damage, and processing traumatic emotions

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

The ever-healing wound

Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah

chapter Chapter 11|2 pages

I am turning into a barnacle

chapter Chapter 12|4 pages

I want to be a woman

Caesura, blackout, rebirth

chapter Chapter 13|10 pages

The naked beginner

part 4|36 pages

Confession and prayer

chapter Chapter 14|4 pages

Psychoanalytic faith

chapter |3 pages


From touch to touch

chapter Chapter 15|13 pages

Swimming in the psyche

chapter Chapter 16|5 pages

Faith’s breath

chapter Chapter 17|9 pages

In the land of the unknown