Psychoanalysis

Nous souhaitons que les travaux des enseignants de l'EPHEP soient accessibles au plus grand nombre de lecteurs de ce site, qui ne sont pas toujours familiarisés autant qu'ils le voudraient avec la langue française. Dans ce cadre, nous mettons à leur disposition un certain nombre de textes, portant sur la psychopathologie ou la psychanalyse, ou encore sur de grands problèmes soulevés par la psychiatrie classique. Nous ne pouvons, en effet, dénoncer les classifications internationales sans présenter à nos lecteurs les moyens de les critiquer.

Omar Guerrero : Obsessional Neurosis

I love these times to share. When I was reading your titles, I don’t surf over them. I have taken your readings seriously because, for me, your question is the result of a real question, your personal question. For me it’s a mark of respect, taking seriously your question. It’s a real question, a sign that shows what point we are at in the work. We are not all at the same point and it’s always interesting to share.

Omar Guerrero : Obsessional Neurosis

Malachi McCoy : Anal Erotism, the Consequences for Character*

The Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality are fundamental to those of us who want to know the conditions of sexual life. In the development of the libido the phase of genital primacy must be preceded by a pregenital organization in which sadism and anal erotism play the leading parts.       

Malachi McCoy : Anal Erotism, the Consequences for Character*

Dermot Hickey : Becoming stuck on the long path of human development. *

My experience of working on Freud’s Three Essays was like being Alice down the Rabbit Hole: things seem to make sense, then make too much sense before sense melting away. The text itself is circular; beginning and ending on the same topic, namely a discussion of inversion, the sexual aberration which for Freud isn’t an aberration. It doesn’t follow a temporal structure: the Essay on Infantile Sexuality begins with amnesia, not being able to remember sexual matters, and the period of latency when infantile sexuality is suppressed. Freud’s method is to present a slice of sexual theory, work over it using his concepts and let it fall where it will, resulting in a fragmentary and multi-layered text. The book we have is the result of new sections and footnotes being added over the nineteen...

Dermot Hickey : Becoming stuck on the long path of human development. *

Stephanie Metcalfe : Man is Wolf to Man; Understanding the Subject of Sadism

In the Three Essays on Sexuality of 1905 Freud posits a primary sadism, representing a component instinct (drive) in all subjects. This drive is subject to vicissitudes that will depend on constitutional and environmental factors with different outcomes for each individual[1]. It does not surprise us then to see Freud cite the following quote ‘homo homini lupus’[2] or ‘man is wolf to man’ in Civilisation and its Discontents of 1930. Within this text it seems we can find the explanation for an important happening in society today. The ever-increasing demand for rights and recognition within certain social sectors which displays a combative attitude finds a psychological explanation in the following statement:
“..it may…spring from the remains of their original personality, which...

Stephanie Metcalfe : Man is Wolf to Man; Understanding the Subject of Sadism

Stéphanie Metcalfe : Perversion and Neurosis: Two Sides of the Same Coin

“If analysis has made any positive discovery about libidinal development, it is that the child is a pervert, even a polymorphous pervert.”2

Lacan reminds us that Freud’s contention that the germs of perversion inhere in all subjects remains one of the most important, if widely refuted discoveries of psychoanalysis. This paper aims to interrogate in more detail the oft-quoted phrase ‘neuroses are the negative of perversions’3. An in-depth examination of the analytic perspective allows us to understand this statement more fully and to grasp how the development of sexuality relates to the emergence of a neurotic position.

Stéphanie Metcalfe : Perversion and Neurosis: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Dermot Hickey : The Little Hans Way "Metonymy and the Imaginary"

What leads to Little Hans’ particular exit from the Oedipus complex, the neurotic structure this produces and thus the subject’s place in the symbolic order?

Towards the end of his Seminar La Relation d’objet Lacan describes Little Hans’ exit from the Oedipus Complex: ‘he has never acquired his penis so there can be no question of him losing it. There is no phase of symbolisation of the penis.’ …… It is ‘as substitute for the phallus that Little Hans is installed in existence. …… The paternal function which the child assumes is imaginary. Hans has substituted for the mother and he has children as she does. …. He will become someone who is essentially a poet, a creator in the imaginary world’.1 This account astonished me even though I had already read Lacan’s next Seminar,...

Dermot Hickey : The Little Hans Way "Metonymy and the Imaginary"

Helen Sheehan : The imagos of Freud and Lacan towards understanding structure

Imago is a word in Latin: image in English, or, to be more precise; form. Lacan’s reading of the term, particularly in his Seminar on Identification (1961-1962) leads him to ask: why have we allowed the imagos of Freud and Lacan to be trivialised? Why have we permitted these ’imperceptible traces’ to serve for our amusement, even our derision? Lacan reminds us that their use is revelatory as a means of understanding structure. This paper aims to examine this issue. Brendan Behan, a Dublin playwright once said... 

Helen Sheehan : The imagos of Freud and Lacan towards understanding structure

The imagos of Freud and Lacan towards understanding structure

Imago is a word in Latin: image in English, or, to be more precise; form. Lacan’s reading of the term, particularly in his Seminar on Identification (1961-1962) leads him to ask: why have we allowed the imagos of Freud and Lacan to be trivialised? Why have we permitted these ’imperceptible traces’ to serve for our amusement, even our derision? Lacan reminds us that their use is revelatory as a means of understanding structure. This paper aims to examine this issue. Brendan Behan, a Dublin playwright once said, ‘The first item on the agenda of any newly formed group in Ireland, is the split’. At this stage over 40 years since Cormac Gallagher brought the ‘plague of psychoanalysis’ (as Freud called it) to our shores, there have been so many splits and repleating and restitching that very...

The imagos of Freud and Lacan towards understanding structure

Is the Name-of-the-Father today’s Shibboleth?

The title for our study day, thankfully, leaves no room for compromise when speaking about Freud’s discovery and the practice of psychoanalysis - “There is no subject if there is no signifier to ground him.”[1] With the affirmation of Lacan’s ceaseless advocacy of this, we return to the field of our origins, placing speech as the vital function for the subject; but what does this mean? The title “Is the Name-of-the-Father a necessity for the subject or does the object offer an alternative” clearly makes manifest the choice available as an option for the infant, for the child, for the subject of language. Is there, however, a pressing, latent and urgently coded message? As Lacan says in Family Complexes in the Formation of the Individual “Psychoanalysis explains these very diverse...

Is the Name-of-the-Father today’s Shibboleth?

Vortrag von Marie-Charlotte Cadeau : Seminarwochenende des Kollegs in Berlin

Freitag 03/05/2019

Ich möchte in diesem Vortrag, vorwiegend in Bezug auf bestimmte Formen der heutigen weiblichen Erfahrung, das ansprechen, was wir das Reale der Sexualität nennen könnten.

Von diesem Realen sagte Lacan), wie wir wissen, dass " es unmöglich ist, das sexuale Verhältnis zu schreiben". Ich möchte hier sehr bescheiden die strukturellen Feinheiten der femininen Position (die manche Männer mit den Frauen teilen, es handelt sich ja um eine subjektive Position) hinterfragen, sowie die Art und Weise, wie sich diese heutzutage manifestieren, und so dieses Reale vielleicht noch etwas näher einkreisen.

Vortrag von Marie-Charlotte Cadeau : Seminarwochenende des Kollegs in Berlin

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