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 Name-of-the-Father

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 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 […]

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 […]