The Language of Psychoanalysis by Jean Laplanche, Jean-Bertrand Pontalis

By Jean Laplanche, Jean-Bertrand Pontalis

Title note: unique name Vocabulaire de los angeles Psychanalyse released through Presses Universitaires de France
Author note: advent via Daniel Lagache
Publish yr note: initially released in 1973 through Hogarth Press Ltd

Sigmund Freud advanced his theories all through his lifetime. This entailed many revisions and alterations which he himself by no means attempted to standardize rigidly right into a definitive conceptual procedure. the necessity for a few kind of a competent advisor which might spell out either the development of the evolution of Freud's considering, in addition to identify its inherent common sense, used to be felt for a very long time by means of either students and scholars of psychoanalysis.

Drs. Laplanche and Pontalis of the organization Psychoanalytique de France succeeded admirably in offering a dictionary of Freud's ideas that's greater than a compilation of mere definitions. After a long time of inventive and industrious learn, they have been in a position to provide an real account of the evolution of every suggestion with pertinent assisting texts from Freud's personal writing (in the normal version translation), and hence have endowed us with an software for paintings and examine that is characterised via its thoroughness, exactitude and shortage of prejudice in the direction of dogma.

The Language of Psychoanalysis has already tested itself as a vintage, and should lengthy stay indispensible consultant to psychoanalytic vocabulary for either pupil and research-worker in psychoanalysis.

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These forces, which interfere with his capacity for love and creativity, threaten him from within and from without, and their reality may be so difficult to accept that omnipotent defences are mobilized to deal with them. It is these omnipotent defences struggling with primitive destructive elements in the personality which create the most serious problems in analysis and which become manifest in pathological organizations of the personality. The most important of these omnipotent defences later came to be studied under the heading of projective identification but was already implicit in the early studies of narcissism and narcissistic object relations.

If I had not telephoned the patient I had the impression that she would not have been able to make the move towards me and we might have had a very long absence or even a breakdown in the analysis. On the other hand, I was also left feeling that telephoning her was a serious error in technique, and I had an uneasy sense of doing something improper as if I had been seduced or was seducing her to make her feel she was coming back to the analysis for my benefit and at my summons. It is interesting to observe that it is sometimes the analyst’s shortcomings which are exploited to justify a return to the retreat.

While at first she could appreciate that she had paranoid fears and make contact with me as someone who could help her with them, we could not prevent them from being enacted in the session, and when this happened she felt obliged to return to the refuge. In the second session the retreat to the refuge followed my failure to answer her telephone call, and the atmosphere at this time was very different. Progress in the analysis had occurred even though it was rarely admitted, and the work on the central heating in cooperation with her husband was reflected by a greater warmth in the sessions.

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