Nobel Prize awarded to a psychologist

The 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer because, in the words of the judges, “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”.

Tranströmer studied psychology at the University of Stockholm and, after graduating in 1956, worked at its Psychotechnological Institute. In 1960 he became the psychologist at an institution for young offenders and for many years after that divided his time between his writing and work as an applied psychologist.

Asked by an interviewer in 1990 whether psychology had replaced religion for him, he replied:
“Well, it’s a very complicated question. Psychology is sometimes close to religion but it depends on the psychologist, on how he looks at things. Psychologists of the 20th century are rather suspicious of religion and try to explain it away. But some are not. I mean the Jungian way of handling psychology is much more open to religion.”

You can find the full interview on Tomas Tranströmer’s official website.

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