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 – […]

Politics of Experience & Bird of Paradise – R. D. LaingEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy politics of Experience Laing

The Politics of Experience & The Bird of Paradise from R. D. Laing is a little book (only 160 pages) which is no less important to own and read in all seriousness. In it R. D. Laing explores the influencethe the society at large (what in Lacanian terms we would name the Other) imposes on […]

Dibs : In Search of Self – V. AxlineEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Dibs In Search of Self

The true story of Dibs told by Virginia M. Axline is a classic in counselling which touched me quite profoundly. The necessary qualities inherent to a relationship for it to be ‘therapeutic’ are here elegantly illustrated through a poignant story of a young but bright child. At the same time, the book offers a quick […]

The Mirror Stage or the Birth of SubjectivityEnglish French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy The Mirror Stage

In Lacanian circles, the ‘mirror stage’ is regarded as nothing less than marking a fundamental turning point, a radical change, in the psychical development of the human infant. For the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan it is between 6 and 18 months that the infant is effectively given to choose between accepting to receive an image […]