Reading French Psychoanalysis by Dana Birksted-Breen, Sara Flanders, Alain Gibeault

By Dana Birksted-Breen, Sara Flanders, Alain Gibeault

How has psychoanalysis constructed in France within the years considering the fact that Lacan so dramatically polarized the field?

In this booklet, Dana Birksted-Breen and Sara Flanders of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and Alain Gibeault of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society supply an outline of ways French psychoanalysis has built for the reason that Lacan. Focusing totally on the paintings of psychoanalysts from the French Psychoanalytical organization and from the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, the 2 British psychoanalysts view the evolution of conception because it seems to them from the skin, whereas the French psychoanalyst explains and elaborates from contained in the French psychoanalytic discourse. Seminal and consultant papers were selected to light up what's precise approximately French pondering. a considerable basic advent argues in favour of the specificity of 'French psychoanalysis', tracing its early impacts and highlighting particular modern developments.

Sections are made of introductory fabric via Alain Gibeault, via illustrative papers within the following categories:

  • the historical past of psychoanalysis in France
  • the pioneers and their legacy
  • the atmosphere and the method of psychoanalysis
  • phantasy and representation
  • the physique and the drives
  • masculine and female sexuality
  • psychosis.

An first-class creation to French psychoanalytical debate, Reading French Psychoanalysis sheds a complementary mild on pondering that has advanced otherwise in England and North the United States. it will likely be excellent interpreting for newcomers and complex scholars of medical conception in addition to skilled psychoanalysts desirous to comprehend extra approximately French Psychoanalytic conception, and the way it has developed.

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18 Françoise Dolto, a Lacanian who enjoyed wide public influence as one of the earliest French child analysts, pioneered and popularised the understanding of development as the progress of successive symbolic castrations, on oral, anal and genital levels. 19 When the phallus is understood as a symbol of narcissistic wholeness (see Chasseguet-Smirgel, chapter 30, this volume) all narcissistic fears become equivalent to castration because of the narcissistic value given to the phallus by both sexes.

This forced Lacan to found his own school, the Freudian School of Paris (EFP: École freudienne de Paris), whose name suggests that it saw itself as the true inheritor of Freud. Lagache and his colleagues formed the APF, which joined the IPA. Lacan had a greater influence on the APF than on the SPP for these historical reasons. To this day differences remain between these two (oldest) IPA French Societies, the SPP and the APF. To generalise, it appears that the APF includes members who are more closely tied to the universities and an academic approach (such as Laplanche) and often have a style of writing and analytic work which is more allusive and a style of practice which is more silent.

In the case of the boy, there is also a primary homosexuality in relation to the mother in the early phase, when the mother is conceived of as being like the self. It refers to the state of sameness with the mother, dependent on the development of the affect of tenderness (Denis, 1982). This is an example of the way in which French analysts speak of ‘sexuality’ where British analysts would speak simply of, for instance, a primitive relationship to the mother or of a fusion with the mother, depending on their theoretical stance.

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