Volume IX, no. 2 - 2016 (18)

EDITORIAL

This second issue of 2016 facilitates communication between that which is part of the clinic and the technique on one hand, and clinical research and psychoanalytical theory on the other. A dialogue on limits and boundaries, created within and between the articles, which evokes the infinitesimal limits of the detail, either bound by the confines of early mental life observed in minute detail or, maintaining the prehistory of ... Read more

1 - SOUTENANCE ET CONTENANCE DANS LES EXPLORATIONS ARCHAÏQUES

The clinical reality that we come across in the classic psychoanalytic framework or in psychoanalytic consultations often brings to the fore moments when the patients use the framework as a tool of construction, one which develops at the disadvantage of the relationship with the psychoanalyst, as an attempt to restore the “original form”. There are moments when the patient brings into the analytical situation forms of mani ... Read more

2 - SUR LE CONCEPT BIONIEN DE CONTENANT / CONTENU

Considered a brilliant tool due to its simplicity and adherence to the experience of practical life, Bion’s concept of the container/content effectively describes the dialectic identity/difference upon which the process of psychic growth rests. The mind develops if, thanks to another mind, it becomes capable of transforming proto-emotions and proto-sensations, the newness that bears news of internal and external environment ... Read more

3 - DEUIL, LIMITE ET CRÉATIVITÉ

The method of elaboration concerning loss and mourning depends on the nature of the object’s choice, the love-hate relationship, of the concrete psychical grief caused by the loss of the object, through the introjection of an inner object. Mourning is a process on the elaboration of loss, of desidealisation in regards to the Other and the Self as well as a continuous process of building and reorganizing limits. Both mourning ... Read more

4 - UNDERSTANDING AND NOT-UNDERSTANDING OSCILLATING BETWEEN DIFFERENT FORMS OF LISTENING

The paper explores ‘listening’ as the key technique of psychoanalysis. It considers different concepts of listening and tries to shed some light on the relations between ‘listening’ and ‘understanding’. The receptive quality of listening without ulterior motives and the development of trust regarding the capability of initiating and maintaining a psychoanalytic process guided by the unconscious play a crucial role ... Read more

5 - EMPATHY AND INTIMACY

The text analyzes the process of establishing a relationship of intimacy with another person and with oneself. We analyze Leslie Jamison’s essay “The Empathy Exams” with respect to issues relating to authenticity, self-transparency and empathy. In part two we will talk about intimacy with oneself as a condition of mutual connection in the relationship with another person.

6 - EN DEÇA LA SYMBOLISATION, LE CORPS - L’EXPERIENCE ANALYTIQUE AVEC LES PATIENTS ADDICTIFS ET PSYCHOSOMATIQUES

The human body has several methods to release the tension generated by temporary frustration. Used regularly as a response, such methods will become the only way out of a tense situation. Some persons experience an altered consciousness and perception of one’s body, rendering inter-subjectivity and self-reflection impossible. We can then ask ourselves how the symbolic dimension can be accessed to enable psychical elaboration ... Read more

7 - PARANOIAC CONFIGURATIONS AND MICRO-TRANSFORMATIONS*

The micro-transformations are unstable and reversible transformations that take place during the session. In my paper, the focus will be on the paranoiac configurations - paranoia not as pathology but as a configuration of the couple that could be experienced in any analysis, characterized by an impasse in the analytic field. I will also present two short clinical vignettes to complement the theoretical concepts.

8 - A DREAMING BODY

In the present article, a fragment from a psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers support for a hypothesis regarding hypochondria. The assumption made here refers to a movement involving a thought without a thinking process to engage it. It describes an impasse, subsequent to confusion due to massive projective identifications. It also opens a perspective over self-deception and looks into the form and function of paradox, infuse ... Read more

9 - L’OBSERVATION DE BÉBÉ DANS SA FAMILLE Étude des mouvements de progression et de devenir depuis la naissance jusqu’à l’âge d’un an

The author broadly shapes the setting where the observation of the baby takes place, namely in its family. This allows the author to examine the countertransferential elements noticed by the observer and the transferential elements noticed by the mother. This paper aims to follow the baby’s development in the first months of life and the nature of its identifying processes. Following a detailed study of the clinical material ... Read more

10 - QUETE D’IDENTITE, PSYCHOSE ET GROUPE Commentaire sur l’évolution d’un cas traité en institution

The initial field of psychoanalysis involved neither psychosis nor group therapy, despite both being implicated in the definition of identity. Henry is a schizophrenic patient who participated in two therapeutic groups: collective psychodrama and staff-patients group. Henry expresses his complex delirium in the setting where he meets the staff, demonstrating a better grip on reality when participating in the psychodrama group. ... Read more

11 - UNE PSYCHOTHÉRAPIE ETHNOPSYCHANALYTIQUE. ZAYNA

Zayna is a 25-year-old woman, the daughter of a French mother and an Algerian father. When she was 8 years old, Zayna killed her mother with a rifle. For the past six years she has been taking antidepressants for : severe emotional disorders, insomnia, nightmares, inability to focus, professional faiure. She attempted suicide twice. Aside from medication, Zayna tried several psychotherapies. Her last psychiatrist referred her ... Read more

12 - A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DETAILS - ORIENTATIONS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPISTS IN TYPICAL PROBLEMATIC SITUATIONS (TPS) TAKEN FROM CONVERSATION ANALYSIS

TPS are often self-reported by therapists. However, therapists sometimes feel entrapped in situations without knowing how and why. The microanalysis of situations can further the research process, methodological rules of situationism are outlined. Five TPS – implementing a new evaluation or a new metaphor, the decay of multimodality in speaking, suicidality, ironically commenting the therapist’s professionalism - are prese ... Read more

13 - SOMEWHERE ELSE: THE SECRET PLACES AND TIMES OF UNCANNY FAMILIARITY

his contribution presents the mental apparatus, postulated in the metapsychology of Freud and subsequent authors, as governed by the difficult coexistence of conflicting and opposing mental territories and forces that accompany each individual’s problematic confrontation with otherness on both an intra-psychic and inter-personal level. This contentiousness can be described in terms of a simultaneous opposition and overlappin ... Read more

14 - PSYCHOANALYTIC FILM REVIEW Pop-Up , 2015 AUSTRALIA – ROMANIA, 97 MIN

Beyond its light, entertaining, and gently comical façade, Pop-Up (written, directed and produced by Stuart McBratney) is in fact an important film which presents us with questions about some of the issues with which its numerous characters struggle in their emotional and interpersonal existences: the search of meaning in life, tolerance of difference, gender stereotypes, how to deal with loneliness and the loss of significan ... Read more

15 - PSYCHOANALYTIC BOOK REVIEW: FEAR, THE DARK SHADOW FROM OUR LIVES, by SALMAN AKHTAR

Ever since I first saw it on the shelf of the small improvised bookstore at the Conference for Relational Psychoanalysis in Rome this year, I felt a strong desire to go through it. I thought at that time: what did psychoanalysts write and conceptualize regarding a topic that is found so often both clinically and in our general lives? So difficult and complex?

16 - Publication Ethics

The papers published in the ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOANALYSIS have undergone editorial screening and anonymous double-blind peer-review. They may be reviewed by the Editors, Editorial Office staff and assigned peer reviewers unless otherwise permitted by the authors.

17 - Recommendations for authors

ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOANALYSIS receives original articles for publication (in electronic or printed form, in English or French) about any psychoanalytic theme.

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