We are nearing the End of a year and we all know it was a difficult one. 2020 will go down in history as a catastrophic year. Covid 19 has caused contagion and anxiety of contagion. It has led to social distancing and often to social isolation and loneliness. It has deprived us of our ways of greeting each other and of saying goodbye. It has led to painful loss of family, friends, colleagues, patients; many of them having to die without a hand to hold.
The pandemic has shaken our families, work, social, and economic life, producing immense emotional pain, economic hardship and anxiety and at this point finally fatigue and resignation. Professionally, we have had to adapt to the circumstances in unprecedented and un-for-seen ways. We and our patients had to adapt to entirely different settings, socially distanced also there, to a live on screen. Zoom and Skype have become important acronyms also for our profession. This difficult and arduous journey is leading us to a reflection about the individual and collective emotional impact that this pandemic has had on us all.
I am proud to say that the community of psychoanalytic psychotherapists of the EFPP networks, has shown a great sense of responsibility and solidarity amongst each other. You have contributed in an admirable way to the containment and relief of so much mental pain across our European societies. These are challenging times but they also deepen the meaning of what we do and illuminate the mission of our profession generally and our federation specifically.
On behalf of the board, I want to wish you all a healthy and restful Christmas, with the emotional presence of distant and absent loved ones. Let us hope that the Year 2021 renews our trust in life and hope for a better future.
María Eugenia Cid Rodríguez
Madrid, December 2020