Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):9-13
This Issue of the Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis brings forth a long-standing, topic, yet still prevalent and provocative: The Archaic. As you will come to realize, by reading the articles of the Journal many aspects and perspectives on Archaic are opened and elaborated under your eyes.Read more
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):14-15
In 1923, in “The Ego and the Id”, Freud states that “In essence a word is after all the mnemic residue of a word that has been heard” (Essential Works vol. 3, The Psychology of the Unconscious, p. 226). This assertion opens a perspective on the understanding of the meaning of words, which contains more than just the logical connexions built through semantic sedimentations and kept within the pages of dictionaries, including the history of their usage experience in the dynamic of word meanings as well. Read more
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):17-38
How can the analyst get access to early preverbal material in the patient’s internal world? The author proposes a dynamic view of memory with no strict boundaries between different memory systems as particularly suitable for clinical purposes. Being in a state of evenly suspended attention and feeling open to all the verbal and non-verbal signals emanating from the patient, the analyst has the best opportunity to approach the archaic traces of early experiences even in the preverbal phase of development. Mutual enactments between analysand and analyst may help in this process as well as understanding the unconscious roots of the artistic activity of some patients. The author tries to illuminate his thoughts using the analysis of a children’s book of the nineteenth century and examples from three psychoanalytic therapies. Read more
archaic, pre-verbal, early development, mutual enactment, memory, unconscious
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):39-66
Many psychoanalysts underline the transition in contemporary Psychoanalysis from conceptualization in terms of structures to greater emphasis on process and movement. This paper proposes an option of describing and interpreting the chronicle of psychoanalytic treatment through the prism of the processes of transformation. A case study is presented that illustrates the transformation of an analysand from motionless impasse towards a different state, one of constant transformative movement. The author argues that such transformation can occur when the analyst undergoes an internal transformative oriented transformation first. Read more
change, transformation, process, metaphor, impasse, contemporary psychoanalysis
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):67-80
Exploring the archaic, as a space-time unit that we can only identify as such in après-coup, leads us to strange, peculiar experiences whose manner of emergence in the here and now of the cure lead to re-configurations of the interactions inside the consulting room. Placed in a personal pre-history, connected with the fusion and de-fusion experiences, the archaic may represent for the psychoanalytic situation the occasion of re-writing the history, a history that starts from the same pre-history, but which is re-configured in other possible histories ... The histories we hear, but also those we build inside the analytical process, are carried out under the pressure of the archaic experiences penetrating the analytical situation in the negative of the present forms. Read more
archaic, transformation, displacement, inscription, psychic integration, reverie
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):81-99
Freud did not describe a feminine narcissism, but pointed out the importance of this structure in women, as well as that of masculine identifications. This theme is sought after by a writer, Herta Müller, in six of her novels. She uses the first person and has both male and female protagonists, whom she should, in principle, identify with. All her characters are confronted with narcissistic anxiety (Green), in a totalitarian social context. Narcissistic anxiety is close to the neurotic anxiety, whose forms are, according to Green, the penetration anxiety in women, and castration anxiety in men. At the narcissistic level, Green proposes the intrusion anxiety, in the feminine register, and separation anxiety, in the masculine register. In Herta Müller’s prose, male characters are weak, but rarely overcome with emotions, whilst female characters harbour strong feelings in their bodies. The man would be in a better position to project his anxiety towards the outside of the body, while the woman would feel it more on the inside. The situation would allow the hypothesis of feminine narcissism. Read more
castration anxiety, identification, intrusion anxiety, narcissism, penetration anxiety, separation anxiety
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):101-128
Starting off with a collection of clinical observations belonging to some psychoanalysts at the end of their career, we have tried to underline the specific of that which we call “authentic” in psychoanalysis (and analytic psychotherapy). The clinical sequences do not come from classic cures. They put into question the reciprocity and nature of the transfer, the therapeutic device, but more importantly showcase the significance of the “intersubjective relation” and of “implicit theories” of the patient and the therapist. These clinical encounters demonstrate the importance of technical reworking in the practice of psychoanalysis in the contemporary world. Read more
psychoanalyst, patient, clinic device, limits, faith, rigidity
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):129-156
In this article I have chosen to approach the topic ofpersonal truth, always subjected to repression, therefore beingunconscious. This truth governs the choices in our lives, the attitudesand desires. Repression shows that this truth is unacceptable,unutterable - it must not be exposed, presented, or even consciouslyrepresented. When we discover it and manage its integration withinthe ensemble of our personality, we achieve the capacity to truly loveand live, in an authentic manner.
The process towards uncovering this truth is difficult and involvesmany reorganisations on the level of psychic reality, of self-image, ofrelationships with others as well as with one’s self. The reactionwhen faced with this discovery is fear, and the reaction towardspsychoanalysis, which facilitates the discovery of this truth, ishatred. When personal truth is repressed and its attempts atbreaching the conscious are obstructed by perversely imposing areligious truth which excludes it and confers absolute power onto the superego before the ego, the analytic endeavour must lead to a reinvestment of the patient’s ego, so that, later on, the analyst can become the partner of this ego in the pursuit of personal truth. Read more
authentic, personal truth, transformational object, superego, reparation, analytic setting
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):157-169
The unconscious, initially a psychic instance, later a quality of the psychic in Freud’s terms, is often associated with, in current thinking, the psycho-mental contents that consciousness has forgotten or repressed. This is the so-called Repressed Unconscious, from the triad model proposed by J. and A.M. Sandler: Conscious – Repressed Unconscious – Present Unconscious (Sandler&Sandler, 1983). Read more
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):171-192
This paper proposes to explain the split of female identity in Turkey in terms of veiled/non-veiled, by attributing it to the exclusion of female founding figures during the instauration phase of the Republic. Introducing the psychoanalytic aspect overlooked in relevant sociological studies, it argues that we can refer to “Republican Girls/Daughters” rather than “Republican Women” and tries to disclose the possible dynamics underlying the split character of female identity in Turkey. As a sample case, it refers to experiences narrated by the novelist Halide Edib, who is also a political figure. The purpose is to demonstrate that the confusion of generations results in the denial of the female figures and leads women on a social level to conflicting dynamics similar to mother-daughter relationship dynamics. Read more
denial of the mother, Halide Edib Adıvar, veiled/non-veiled women
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):193-194
MIRCEA CĂRTĂRESCU is a Romanian poet, prose writer, essayist, literary and publicist critic.He was born on June 1, 1956, in Bucharest.He graduated from the Faculty ofRomanian Language and Literatureof the University of Bucharest in 1980.Currently he is a PhD professorat the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest. Read more
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):195-206
I were prompted to choose one of the core subjects of Solenoid —among a lot of possible interesting ones – I would not hesitate to select the subject of reality. Let’s listen to the author:
«What is reality? Which is the visceral and metaphysical drive that transforms what is objective in subjective?» (p. 526).
What Cărtărescu names «visceral and metaphysical drive» leads to fear, and this is the reason why he also writes:
«I can’t help thinking that reality is just fear in itself, iced fear. I live with fear, I breathe fear, I swallow fear, I will be buried in fear. I pass my fear from one generation to the next, in the same way I received it from my parents and grandparents» (p. 399). Read more
Rom J Psychoanal 2019, 12(1):207-219
Motto: “In the time that « has not yet run out » lay all events,all feelings, every thought, every dream that did not come to beyet and from which generations and generations of peoplewill extract their necessary part of reality, dream and madness.”(Max Blecher, The Lighted Den) Read more
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