Statement from SPSI Faculty Member Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam

SPSI would like to share a statement from Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam, a SPSI Faculty member.

Iranian people and particularly Iranian women are fighting on the streets to reclaim their basic human rights. As you might have seen, they are showing unwavering fortitude, standing up to armed forces, putting their lives in their hands, hoping to make meaningful changes from within.

The Iranian regime is responding by the familiar tactic of using formidable brutal and mortal force to silence the dissent. Iranian people need to be heard and supported by the legitimate and influential international communities, just like ours, to keep up their fight against this autocratic and theocratic regime.

Everyday, in our analytic practice, we see individuals who are suffering for all various reasons and our most meaningful intervention is to show them that we are there for them, that they are not alone in what they are emotionally going through and that outside of the sessions, they can feel our presence, while they are struggling with what life has thrown at them.

Babak has asked the president of the American Psychoanalytic Association to draft a supporting statement for the Iranian citizens and particularly Iranian women fighting for their most basic rights. We wanted to post his communication here as well.

We would like to acknowledge Babak and thank him for everything he has personally contributed to psychoanalysis and Iran. As Director and Founder of the Tehran Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, he singlehandedly has made an enormous contribution to the Iranian people and psychoanalysis.