Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism – M. SarupEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism

An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism by Madan Sarup brings thinkers including Freud, Lacan but also philosophers such as Derrida, Foucault, Nietzsche and Hegel in a debate around the question of what it means to be a human subject. Sarup’s introduction helps therapists, analysts, students or passionate in psychoanalysis and philosophy to situate the […]

Post-Modernism for Psychotherapists – D. LoewenthalEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy post-modernism for psychotherapists

If the Modern was a time in culture which saw man as the centre of his thoughts, bringing to mind Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’, and in this context ushering in various philosophical schools such as existentialism, humanism and phenomenology, post-modernism – along with post-structuralism – may be described as the last attack on […]

Language of Psychoanalysis – Laplanche & PontalisEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Language Psychoanalysis

Laplanche and Pontalis’s Language of Psychoanalysis should evidently not be absent from any psychoanalysts who claims oneslelf to be one.  For rather obvious reasons this book is essential to own preciously. It is essentialy nothing other than a dictionary of concepts in psychoanalysis, from the birth of psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud, but not only. We […]

Subjectivity and Otherness – Lorenzo ChiesaEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Subjectivity Otherness

Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan by Lorenzo Chiesa was my point of entry in the work of Jacques Lacan, simultaneously with Heidegger’s Being and Time and Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle; perhaps not such a bad combination, given the title of this book. For indeed, however Freudian Lacan claims he is – […]

At the Beginning Was the SignifierEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy signifier Magritte

At the beginning was the word. An obvious start in the realm of the talking cures would naturally have us look at what is effectively heard during sessions: words. At the time, Freud had already made an all-important distinction between a word, say the word ‘t-a-b-l-e’, and the actual concept of the thing itself – […]

Metonymy and Metaphor in the Thinking ProcessEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Metonymy and Metaphor in the Thinking Process

In his studies on dreams published in the year 1900 Freud discovered what would later turn out to be nothing less than revolutionary in our understanding of how human beings actually think. The strangeness of dreams, the distortions and fantastic productions found in them would eventually shed an unprecedented amount of light on questions such […]

The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund FreudEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Dreams IV Freud

The Interpretations of Dreams by Sigmund Freud,  published in 1900, forms the traditional psychoanalyst’s understanding of how unconscious processes work generally. Freud was the first scientist to take dreams seriously enough to want to devote himself to a thorough examination of them. In this fascinating, if not altogether essential account of the nature of dreams […]