About me

I am an associate professor of psychology and a psychoanalyst, affiliated to the National Center of Suicide Research and Prevention (NASP) at Karolinska Institutet since 1997. The topic of my doctoral dissertation 1992, the psychological predicament of siblings of schizophrenic individuals, has carried over in a continued interest in aspects of psychic survival under dire circumstances, including after the suicide of a loved one and, more generally, in man's self-destructive potential. My publications include studies on anxiety and psychological defense in suicidal states, attitudes to suicide prevention, the suicide-nearness of prominent writers, antisemitism, and the history of psychoanalysis in Sweden. A recently project focused on the mental-health challenges of refugees and migrants, and an ongoing study – a collaboration with epidemiologists in the Nordic countries – is a follow-up of a previous work on suicide mortality rates in Scandinavia and Finland 1980-2009.