Volume IV, no. 2 - 2011 (13)

Editorial (Matei Georgescu and Corneliu Irimia)

18 years have passed since the issue of the first publication of theRomanian Society of Psychoanalysis, called Psychoanalysis Bulletin. If theprinceps vocation of a publication is to reflect the group that initiated it,then the shift from its compact form of “bulletin” to the current one of“journal” implicitly takes us back to the historic years of Romania’spsychoanalysis “coming of age”.

1 - What changes in psychoanalysis? What is to be changed in psychoanalysis? (Michel Vincent)

Among analysts, S. Freud who invented psycho-analysis is an impressive example demonstrating how to change to better understand neuroses and to treat the pain of a variety of disorders: depression, perversion, psychoses, psychosomatics ... which imply a living metapsychology. The couch remains a reference for analytical work, but analysts should prepare themselves to work face to face when required.

2 - Bebes, enfants et adolescents depressifs. Continuites et disconitnuites (Bernard Golse)

This article is available in French only. After a few general observations on theconcept of depression and the mourningscheme described by S. Freud and de K. Abraham, the depressive semiology indifferent stages of childhood and adolescencewas presented as being related to differentinterconnected psychopathological issues,especially to the question: What can be lostbefore the complete object instauration (canan object be lost b ... Read more

3 - Dimensions contre-transferentielles dans la therapie des conduites addictives (Rodica Matei)

This article is available in French only. Addictive behaviours are a nosographiccategory difficult to approach from the pointof view of classical psychoanalysis. Due tothe subject’s poor capacity of psychicelaboration, free association and the access tothe analyst’s interpretations will encounterimportant obstacles during the analyticalwork. The subject’s tendency to “pulverize”affects, which will be crystallized eit ... Read more

4 - Discontinuités dans le registre métaphorique (Brîndusa Orăsanu)

This article is available in French only. The article approaches the issue ofmetaphoric language in the patients'discourse, that have a polymorphicsymtomathology, includingpsychosomatic and addictivemanifestations. This reflection issupported by D Anzieu's perspectives onskin-ego, F. Marty's view concerningoperative thinking, and De M'Uzan'smetaphor in cure. Based on the clinicalillustration in R. Matei's paper, thehypothesis ... Read more

5 - Changes and the management of the analytical setting in working with états-limites pacients (Daniela Luca)

A psychoanalyst is placed between the scientific rigour and thesuppleness of art, when keeping the internal frame/setting constant andcontaining enough, flexible and immutable, at the same time, he/she isleaving his/her observatory, participatory spirit free and his/her owncreativity in order to explore, examine, investigate, interrogate his/her own limits facing the psychic reality of the other and of the world (includinghere ... Read more

6 - Réflexions sur l’attitude analytique (Andrei Constantinescu)

This article is available in French only. A reflection on the analytical attitude and the arrangements of the analytical setting with borderline patients. The analytical setting is sustained by the analytical attitude, any arrangement of the setting will be the result of an internal arrangement of the analyst and his/her inner attitude, in the context of the transference-contertransference relation.

7 - Nil novi sub sole (rien de nouveau sous le soleil) (Luis Rodriguez De La Sierra)

This paper is focused on changes inpsychoanalysis from a different angle,namely, looking at that which has reallynot changed as much as we seem to like tobelieve: psychoanalytic concepts. Theauthor presents what has become one of thebest and most cited concepts inpsychoanalysis nowadays: projectiveidentification. Altruistic surrender,identification with the aggressor, puttingpassive into active are different ways ofunderstandi ... Read more

8 - Passions conflict and compromise in the British Society, 1939-2011 (Michael Brearley)

The point of departure of the article is thedisagreements about theory and techniquein the British Society. Fantasies of being“the owner” of psychoanalytic father ormother are described, for each group. Overtime, the solutions involved institutionalarrangements, then theoretical andtechnical rapprochements between groups. The over-valuation of one aspect or anothercan lead to exaggerations or diminutions inthe technique wh ... Read more

9 - The change of psychoanalysis at Freud and after Freud (Vasile Dem. Zamfirescu)

Symmetrically thinking, I immediately had in mind thecountertransference and its destiny in Freud’s works, realizing that, in thisregard, the psychoanalysis founder’s thinking couldn’t go beyond a certain point. He couldn’t realize the spectacular revalorization sensed in the caseof transference. The term of countertransference was used for the first timeby Freud in a letter addressed to Jung, in 1909. In a letter from ... Read more

10 - Altruistic surrender or the limits of selflessness (Daniela Luca)

Freud refers to the concept of altruism approximately ten times in hiswork, most often in a social or cultural context. In "Thoughts for the Timeson War and Death" he writes: “Throughout an individual's life there is aconstant replacement of external by internal compulsion. The influences ofcivilization cause an ever-increasing transformation of egoistic trends intoaltruistic and social ones by an admixture of erotic element ... Read more

11 - Neither Zen, nor psychoanalysis. The book (that needs to be) closed (Daniela Luca)

or how the creative Ego writes itself, between psychoanalysis and Zen from Matei Georgescu’s point of view Motto: ”The Manner in which something is seen, heard, or cognizedis not what is refuted here, but the conceptualization of its trueappearance, which is the cause of suffering, is rejected here.” (Santideva – The perfection of wisdom)

12 - David Tuckett, Discussion on the paper Dreaming the session: Some Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic (Camelia Petcu)

Any discussion that approaches psychoanalysis can be described using Freud's words that express openness, beyond various contradictions regarding the method: “Psychoanalysis gropes its way forward by the help of experience, is always incomplete and always ready to correct or modify its theories”.

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