Anders Zachrisson

Image of Anders Zachrisson
Phone +47-22845218
Available hours By agreement
Visiting address Harald Schjelderups hus Forskningsveien 3A 0373 Oslo
Postal address Psykologisk institutt Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

  • I am working on aspects of the treatment situation from a psychodynamic point of view. A central theme is concept analysis and concept formation in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory, often referred to as conceptual research.

  • One aspect concerns the epistemological problem, how to validate clinical concepts and what are valid and relevant clinical facts.

  • Another aspect concerns the therapeutic method and the articulation of concepts like analytic attitude and therapeutic setting; and the relation between treatment method and professional ethics.

  • A third aspect concerns the interpretation of clinical material and concepts like transference and countertransference. In addition, I work with supervision models for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and the percept-genetic model for perception/personality and the clinical use of Defense Mechanism Test (DMT).


Higher education and employment history

Filosofie licentiat, Lund University in 1972. Moved to Oslo the same year. Vit. ass at Psychological Department for some years before I turned to clinical work. Private practice from 1984. Specialized in intensive psychotherapy and became psychoanalyst, International Psychoanalytic Association, in 1989. I became training analyst in 1995 and child- and adolescent psychoanalyst in 2001. I was appointed associate professor at University of Oslo in 2008.


  • Editor-in-Chief of The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review 1993-1998

  • President of the Norwegian Psychoanalytic Society 2002-06.


The Working Party on Education i European Psychoanalytic Federation

Tags: Emeritus, Clinical psychology


Other publications

  • Stänicke, Erik; Zachrisson, Anders & Vetlesen, Arne Johan (2020). The Epistemological Stance of Psychoanalysis: Revisiting the Kantian Legacy. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. ISSN 0033-2828. 89(2), p. 281–304. doi: 10.1080/00332828.2020.1717229.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2019). Mental health – a normal state? Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review. ISSN 0106-2301. 42(1-2), p. 87–92. doi: 10.1080/01062301.2019.1693197.
  • Aalen, Marit & Zachrisson, Anders (2018). Peer Gynt and Freud's the Uncanny. Ibsen Studies. ISSN 1502-1866. 18(2), p. 169–193. doi: 10.1080/15021866.2018.1550877.
  • Aalen, Marit & Zachrisson, Anders (2017). En dannelsesreise i animasjonens landskap - didaktikk og etikk i Disneys Pinocchio. InFormation - Nordic Journal of Art and Research. ISSN 1893-2479. 6(1), p. 1–14. doi: 10.7577/information.v6i1.2555. Full text in Research Archive
  • Aalen, Marit & Zachrisson, Anders (2016). Landscape and Mind in the Last Act of Peer Gynt. The revealing of a catastrophe. In Lytovka, Olena (Eds.), The Place of Memory and Memory of Place. Interdisciplinary research foundatiion. ISSN 9788394363208. p. 216–232.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2014). Hamlets personlighet: en betydelig grad av normalitet. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 51(2), p. 106–112.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2014). Ethical breaches and deviations of method in psychoanalysis: A heuristic model for the differentiation of boundary transgressions in psychoanalytic work. International Forum of Psychoanalysis. ISSN 0803-706X. 23(4), p. 246–252. doi: 10.1080/0803706X.2013.781272.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2013). Oedipus the king: Quest for self-knowledge denial of reality. Sophocles' vision of man and psychoanalytic concept formation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. ISSN 0020-7578. 94(2), p. 313–331. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2012.00655.x.
  • Aalen, Marit & Zachrisson, Anders (2013). The structure of desire in Peer Gynt’s relationship to Solveig. A reading inspired by Melanie Klein. Ibsen Studies. ISSN 1502-1866. 13(2), p. 130–160. doi: 10.1080/15021866.2013.849029.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2013). The internal/external issue: what is an outer object? Another person as object and as separate other in object relations models. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. ISSN 0079-7308. 67, p. 249–274. doi: 10.1080/00797308.2014.11785497.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2012). Teraputens indre arbeid. Refleksjoner over motoverføring og nøytralitet, metode og etikk, Psykoterapi i utvikling. Akademisk Forlag. ISSN 978-82-321-0015-6. p. 81–96.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2011). Dynamics of psychoanalytic supervision: A heuristic model. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. ISSN 0020-7578. 92(4), p. 943–961. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00417.x.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Countertransference and changes in the conception of the psychoanalytic relationship. International Forum of Psychoanalysis. ISSN 0803-706X. 18, p. 177–188.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). A note on the concept of stimulus in perceptgenetic theory. In Smith, GjW & Carlsson, IM (Ed.), Process and Personality. Actualization of the Personal World With Process-Oriented Methods. Ontos Verlag. ISSN 978-3-938793-89-3. p. 65–76.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Motoverføring og endringer i synet på den psykoanalytiske relsasjonen. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 45(8), p. 939–948.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Neutrality, tenderness and the analyst's subjectivity. Reflections on the analytic relationship. Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review. ISSN 0106-2301. 31(2), p. 86–93.
  • Junkers, G; Tuckett, D & Zachrisson, Anders (2008). To be or not to be a psychoanalyst - How do we know a candidate is ready to qualify? Difficulties and controversies in evaluating psychoanalytic competence. Psychoanalytic inquiry. ISSN 0735-1690. 28, p. 288–308. doi: 10.1080/07351690801960871.

View all works in Cristin

  • Zachrisson, Anders & Aalen, Marit (2021). Psychoanalysis my way. Forlaget Kolon. ISBN 978-82-300-2227-6. 22 p.

View all works in Cristin

  • Stänicke, Erik; Zachrisson, Anders & Vetlesen, Arne Johan (2020). Response to Charles Hanly’s Commentary on “The Epistemological Stance of Psychoanalysis: Revisiting the Kantian Legacy”. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. ISSN 0033-2828. 89(2), p. 339–343. doi: 10.1080/00332828.2020.1717262.
  • Strømme, Hanne & Zachrisson, Anders (2019). Utvikle en tenkning, finne sin stemme. In Stänicke, Erik; Strømme, Hanne; Kristiansen, Sølvi & Stänicke, Line Indrevoll (Ed.), Klinisk tenkning og psykoanalyse. Gyldendal Akademisk. ISSN 9788205531338. p. 221–245.
  • Axelsen, Eva Dalsgaard; Benum, Kirsten; Bernhardt, Ida S.; Gullestad, Siri Erika; Halvorsen, Margrethe Seeger & Hartmann, Ellen Johanne [Show all 24 contributors for this article] (2017). Historien Psykologtidsskriftet ikke forteller. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening. ISSN 0332-6470. 54(12), p. 1197–1199.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2015). Transference, polarities and paradoxes.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2015). Thinking about time. Reflections over a metaphor by Heraclites. Kateksis, 2/2015. Kateksis : Bulleteng for Norsk psykoanalytisk forening.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2015). Omsorgsarbeid: Kan et begrep fra psykoanalytisk terapi være nyttig? Fagbladet. For medlemmer av Fagforbundet. Temahefte nr. 38, 8-10, 2015. Fagbladet, For medlemmer av Fagforbundet.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2015). Psykisk helse, er det helt normalt?
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2013). The empty couch. The taboo of ageing and retirement in psychoanalysis, edited by G. Junckers. Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review. ISSN 0106-2301.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2013). Notes on Hamlet’s personality. Plea for a measure of normality.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2011). Psychoanalytic Therapies. In Levesque, Roger J.R, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer Science+Business Media B.V.. ISSN 978-1-4419-1694-5. p. 2202–2210.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2011). Who wrote the works of Shakespeare? Notes on a matter of curiosity in Freud's intellectual biography. Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review. ISSN 0106-2301. 34(2), p. 108–112.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2011). A heuristic model of psychoanalytic supervision,
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2011). Ethical transgressions and deviations of method in psychoanalysis.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2011). Psykoanalyse - et videnskapsteoretisk perspektiv, ved René Rasmussen. Matrix. ISSN 0109-646X. 28(3), p. 243–245.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2010). Analytic attitude and ethical stance.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2010). Analytic work with adolescents. Technical challenges.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2010). Methodological stance and ethical quality in psychoanalysis.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2010). Oedipus the King: striving for self-knowledge – turning a blind eye.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Countertransference and the analytic relationship.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Nøytral holdning i psykoterapi.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Narsissisme, et komplekst fenomen.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Psychodynamic therapy: attitude and setting.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Challenges in psychotherapeutic work with adolescents.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Terapeutisk holdning og etiske utfordringer i psykoterapeutisk arbeid.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Countertransference and the relationship between patient and analyst.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2009). Ethical stance and psychotherapeutic method.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Unethical behaviour by training analysts. How can the institute best handle the situation.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Children in disaster. On the earth quake in China 2008.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Sofokles og Freud. Det Ødipale drama og veien til selverkjennelse.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Ethical violations in psychoanalytic training.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2008). Ömhet, neutralitet och den psykoanalytiska relationen.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2007). Validering av analytiske begreper.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2006). Oedipal dynamics and its influence on thinking.
  • Zachrisson, Anders (2006). Validation of psychoanalytic theories, a problematic endeavour.

View all works in Cristin

Published Sep. 21, 2010 10:00 AM - Last modified July 8, 2019 4:11 PM