Civilization and its DiscontentsCivilization & its Discontents

Mahudha Civilization and its Discontents, published in 1930, follows a preceding paper entitled The Future of an Illusion that was itself written and published a few years earlier. Although I will offer here comments on the former only – Civilization and its Discontents – I nonetheless of course strongly invite people not to pass The Future […]

The Big Other, the Symbolic and DeathSyria, the Death Drive

buy stromectol australia Somewhere in the middle of the Chanel 4 production Brexit: The Uncivil War a woman in her mid 40’s is participating in a focus group on Brexit. Arguing that the UK should leave the European Union at once, she suddenly exclaims “I am sick of feeling like nothing. I have nothing, I know nothing, I […]

Introductory Lectures, Part One and TwoIntroductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis Part1&2

Padova Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part_One_and_Two is where Freud gathers his insights collected from his work on dreams, as well as being seen as an introduction to his developments on the neurosis and, of course, the unconscious. For Freud indeed posits that his research on dreams, and more specifically on the dreamwork itself has given him […]

Enjoy Your Symptom! (now) – ŽižekZizek - Enjoy your symptom! Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out from the psychoanalyst and philosopher Zslavoj Zizek exposes a number of psychoanalytic principles via Zizek’s analysis of carefully selected hollywood films. Those briefly include: Death and Sublimation The Imaginary, Symbolic and Real Woman as a Symptom of Man – Suicide, Freedom, the Sacrifice The Lacanian Act […]

Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part3Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part 3 - the unconscious

Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part 3 is an essential part in the analyst’s arsenal. Written some 17 years after his Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and following up on his first Introductory Lecture on Dreams, Part 1&2 (Volume 15) Freud summarizes here for us his theoretical researches on: the sense of symptoms fixation to traumas, the […]

Object a: Where to stop? How to begin?English French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Lacan object a

The process of beginning something necessarily marks the end of what was there before, puts a stop to it. Indeed, to change and begin something in earnest always comes after ending something else: there is no other way but stop what one is doing, or not doing, before really beginning something new. How we change, […]

Playing and Reality – D. W. WinnicottEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Winnicott Playing & Reality

Playing and Reality from Winnicott investigates the origin and place of creativity in the earliest years of life. It is a book written by an influential British psychoanalyst who, as the story goes, happened to have participated in judging Lacan’s work ethics at the time when the latter was being excommunicated from the International Psychoanalyst […]

Melanie Klein, selected texts – J. MitchellEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Melanie Klein Mitchell

Who is Melanie Klein? A pioneer of child analysis with the significance it attaches to the relationship with his caregivers, Melanie Klein is a direct descendant of Sigmund Freud’s work on psychoanalysis. In her book, Juliet Mitchell regroups the most significant ideas from Melanie Klein that have established this Austrian-British author as an authority in […]

Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Group PsychologyEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Freud Pleasure Principle Group Psychology

Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Group Psychology and Other works (v18) left me with a deep impression, not only because those texts are nothing less than landmark writings in Freud’s work – which part of his work can be considered as secondary – but because of Freud’s style of writing. Perhaps this may explain why […]

Man; The Imposter (Syndrome)English French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy The Impostor Syndrome

Mentioned during a speech at an all-girls school in north London in 2009 the former US First Lady, Michelle Obama, admitted being pursued by a feeling she somehow had all her life and which she called the ‘imposter syndrome’. The notion of what an imposter is should certainly deserve our attention. Perhaps more than any […]

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 […]

Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis – D. EvansEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis Evans

The Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis by D. Evans is unavoidably a necessary possession practising as an analyst. In this precious book, Dylan Evans offers around 200 entries of Lacanian concepts. Those are explained clearly while retracing their history throughout Lacan’s evolving edifice. In contrast to Laplanche and Pontalis’ Language of Psychoanalysis – a comparison […]

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 – […]

The Name-of-the-Father, Truth &Totalitarian RhetoricEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Totalitarian Rethoric

Why is one individual ready to admit that the rise in the earth’s temperature is human-made, and another to believe someone else’s claim that the whole thing “is created by and for the Chinese”? Why would a person choose to believe that not just a few thousands, as the untouched photos initially showed, but millions […]

At the Beginning Was the SignifierEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Signifier

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 […]

Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis – Bruce FinkEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis Intro Lacan Fink

A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Bruce Fink may, in my opinion, be regarded as a book it is almost impossible not to have, read and re-read if interested in Psychoanalysis, in Lacanian Psychoanalysis in particular and in wishing to become an analyst oneself. Introductions are just that: introductions. They introduce a subject, and […]

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 […]