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Juhani Ihanus (born in 1954, in Helsinki) is a Finnish academic psychologist and writer, working at the University of Helsinki. His main areas include cultural psychology, the history of psychology and psychoanalysis, psychohistory, political psychology, and the psychology of literature and art. He is also a Finnish pioneer in the field of biblio/poetry therapy, an essayist, a critic, a poet and an aphorist. He has written, co-written and edited several publications, mainly in Finnish, English and Swedish.

Career[edit]

Ihanus has belonged to the staff of the University of Helsinki since 1982 (PhD in 1990) and he was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology until the beginning of 2021. He also has the title of Docent (Adjunct Professor) in Cultural Psychology (at the University of Helsinki), in Art Education and Art Psychology (at Aalto University) and in the History of Science and Ideas (at the University of Oulu). He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, at the University of Cambridge and at Tallinn University. He has written 20 books and edited 11 books. He has also published several scientific and popular articles, essays and reviews. As a fiction writer, he has co-written two dialogical books of poetry with a Finnish poet Jyrki Pellinen and published his own works of aphorisms (a collection On the edge in English), poems (a collection On the Road to Narva the Kabbalist, connected with Kabbalistic tradition, and The birch and the steam, about the Finnish sauna tradition) and short prose. His total of publications is over 460.[1]

Research interests[edit]

In his academic work, Ihanus has focused on the history of psychology, psychoanalysis and anthropology, the psychohistory of especially Russia and Russian leadership, theoretical issues of psychoanalysis and neuropsychoanalysis, and the psychological study of literature and art. He published a large-scale study of the Finnish-born, internationally renowned social anthropologist Edward Westermarck.[2] His interest in psychohistory, psychobiography, leadership studies and political psychology is manifest in several articles, ranging from Imperial Russia and child rearing to recent Russian issues and Vladimir Putin’s macho pose.[3] [4]

Ihanus has also been active in developing the theory and practice of biblio/poetry therapy and writing therapy. He was a co-founder, in 1981, and the first president of the Finnish Association for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, the first such organization in Europe.[5] His work combines the philosophical, historical and cultural aspects of the transformative functions of words, literature, writing, and biblio/poetry therapy, approaching the subject through narrative and cultural psychology, storytelling, and shareable meaning making.[6] He is also a scientific chief of the training programs in that field.

Besides academic interests, he is engaged in writing literary essays, critiques, poems, short prose, aphorisms and in translating into Finnish (he has translated works, for example, by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, E. M. Cioran, Karl Kraus, and Juliet Mitchell).

Works[edit]

Selected publications in English[edit]

Professional[edit]

  • Multiple origins: Edward Westermarck in search of mankind. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1999. ISBN 978-08-2044-3065; ISBN 3-631-34455-4
  • Swaddling, shame and society: On psychohistory and Russia. Helsinki: Kikimora Publications, 2001. ISBN 952-10-0098-8
  • Transformative words: Writing otherness and identities. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2019. ISBN 978-1-53614-965-4; ISBN 978-1-53614-966-1 (ebook)

Fictive[edit]

Selected publications in Finnish[edit]

  • Kauneus ja kuvotus: Luovuuden, kirjallisuuden ja taiteen psykologiasta kirjoitettua. [Beauty and nausea: Written on the psychology of creativity, literature and art]. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 1987. ISBN 951-662-428-6
  • Polkuja psykologiaan. [Paths to psychology]. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto. Lahden tutkimus- ja koulutuskeskus, 1989. ISBN 951-45-5055-2
  • Kadonneet alkuperät: Edvard Westermarckin sosiopsykologinen ajattelu. [Lost origins: Edward Westermarck’s sociopsychological thought]. Helsinki: Kirjayhtymä & Suomen Antropologinen Seura, 1990. ISBN 951-26-3479-1; ISBN 952-9573-00-6
  • Vietit vai henki: Psykoanalyysin varhaisvaiheet Suomessa. [Drives or the Geist: The early phases of psychoanalysis in Finland]. Helsinki: Yliopistopaino, 1994. ISBN 951-570-188-0
  • Toinen: Kirjoituksia psyykestä, halusta ja taiteista. [The Other: Writings on the psyche, desire and the arts]. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 1995. ISBN 951-662-618-1
  • Roti, Outi & Ihanus, Juhani: Terveys ja psykologia. [Health and psychology]. Helsinki: Kirjayhtymä, 1997. ISBN 951-26-4093-7
  • Vastaanottoja: Therapeia 40 vuotta. [Receptions: Therapeia 40 years]. Helsinki: Therapeia-säätiö, 2000. ISBN 951-97393-2-7
  • Järjen äänestä minäkertomuksiin: Psyyken ja psykoterapioiden muodonmuutoksia. [From the voice of reason to the self-stories: Transformations of the psyche and psychotherapies]. Helsinki: Yliopistopaino, 2005. ISBN 951-570-607-6
  • Ihanus, Juhani & Pellinen, Jyrki: Narvan tiellä: Kabbalistisia merkintöjä. [On the road to Narva: Kabbalistic notes; Dialogical book of poetry]. Helsinki: Kirja kerrallaan, 2007. ISBN 978-952-92-1601-7
  • Vapauttava kieli: Kirjallisuuden ja taiteen toiseudesta. [Liberating language: On the otherness of literature and art]. Helsinki: BTJ, 2010. ISBN 978-951-692-778-0
  • Ihanus, Juhani & Pellinen, Jyrki: Kupanitsa. [Dialogical book of poetry]. Helsinki: Kirja kerrallaan, 2011. ISBN 978-952-480-257-4
  • Reunalla. [On the edge; Book of aphorisms]. Helsinki: Impressio, 2013. ISBN 978-952-67911-2-8
  • Yöakatemia. [Night academy; Short prose]. Helsinki: Impressio, 2013. ISBN 978-952-67911-8-0
  • Psyyke ja historia. [Psyche and history]. Espoo: Prometheus, 2021. ISBN 978-952-5718-99-7

Selected edited publications[edit]

  • Sanojen liikkeitä. [Movements of words]. Helsinki: Kirjastopalvelu, 1985. ISBN 951-692-141-8
  • Kantavat sanat. [Carrying words]. Helsinki: Kirjastopalvelu, 1989. ISBN 951-692-228-7
  • Päiväkirjasta hypermediaan. [From journal to hypermedia]. Helsinki: Kirjastopalvelu, 1991. ISBN 951-692-267-8
  • Vaieta vai sanoa: Kirjallisuusterapia kasvutyössä. [To be silent or to say: Biblio-poetry therapy in the growth work]. Helsinki: BTJ Kirjastopalvelu, 1995. ISBN 951-692-373-9
  • Psykoterapiat eilen ja tänään. [Psychotherapies yesterday and today]. Helsinki: Yliopistopaino, 1997. ISBN 951-570-290-9
  • Kulttuuri ja psykologia. [Culture and psychology]. Helsinki: Yliopistopaino, 1999. ISBN 951-570-446-4
  • Koskettavat tarinat: Johdantoa kirjallisuusterapiaan. [Touching stories: Introduction to biblio-poetry therapy]. Helsinki: BTJ Kirjastopalvelu, 2002. ISBN 978-951-692-5304
  • Att tiga eller att tala: Litteraturterapi – ett sätt att växa. Helsingfors: Föreningen för biblioterapi i Finland & BTJ Kirjastopalvelu, 2004. ISBN 951-692-572-3
  • Girard, Liisa, Ihanus, Juhani, Laine, Riitta & Ropponen, Mari (eds.): Suhteessa kuvaan: Kuvataideterapian teoriaa ja käytäntöä. [In relation to image: Theory and practice of art therapy]. Helsinki: Artteli, 2008. ISBN 978-952-92-4650-2
  • Sanat että hoitaisimme: Terapeuttinen kirjoittaminen. [Words for us to cure: Therapeutic writing]. Helsinki: Duodecim, 2009. ISBN 978-951-656-306-3
  • Ihanus, Juhani & Talvitie, Vesa (eds.): Altaalla: Juhani Ihanuksen juhlakirja. [By the pool: Juhani Ihanus’s birthday book]. Helsinki: ntamo, 2014. ISBN 978-952-215-521-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Helsinki Research Portal".
  2. ^ Ihanus, Juhani (1999). Edward Westermarck in search of mankind. ISBN 978-08-2044-3065.
  3. ^ Ihanus, Juhani (2001). Swaddling, shame and society: On psychohistory and Russia. Kikimora Publications. ISBN 952-10-0098-8.
  4. ^ O'Keefe, Denis; Elovitz, Paul H. "A Finnish psychohistorian: Juhani Ihanus. An interview of a major builder". Clio's Psyche. 26 Number 3 (Spring 2020): 328–340.
  5. ^ "Finnish Association for Biblio/Poetry Therapy".
  6. ^ Ihanus, Juhani (2019). Transformative words: Writing otherness and identities. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-53614-965-4.

External links[edit]

Research database Tuhat – University of Helsinki/Publications and activities of Juhani Ihanus

The Finnish Association for Biblio/Poetry Therapy (Finnish)