Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious

Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious

Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious

Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious

Synopsis

Andr¿ Green attempts the complex task of identifying and examining the key ideas for a contemporary psychoanalytic practice. This undertaking is motivated both by the need for an outline of the evolution of psychoanalysis since Freud's death, and by the hope of tackling the fragmentation which has led to the current 'crisis of psychoanalysis'. In three sections covering the theoretical and practical aspects of psychoanalysis, and analysing the current state of the field, Andr¿ Green provides a stimulating overview of the principal concepts that have guided his work. Subjects covered include: * Transference and countertransference * Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: modalities and results * Language-speech-discourse in psychoanalysis * Recognition of the unconscious This unique contemporary perspective on the psychoanalytic enterprise will fascinate all those with an interest in the problems that face the field and the opportunities for its future development.

Excerpt

This book would never have seen the light of day had a friend not once made me the suggestion - or challenge? - 'And why don't you write us an Outline of Psychoanalysis?'The idea took time to grow on me, for it was a bold undertaking, and it was quite clear that there could be no question of repeating what Freud had already done - and done well - in 1938. It could be interesting, though, at the beginning of this millennium, to take stock of the noteworthy acquisitions of psychoanalysis, theory and practice taken as a whole.The most difficult aspect of the task for me, used as I am to writing works of some length, is to be brief. I do not know if I will manage to do so. However long this work may turn out to be, it will nonetheless remain an outline.

Since then, our respective paths have diverged. My friend of the early years has responded increasingly to his long-standing inclination for literary psychoanalysis - not to be confused with psychoanalysis applied to literary works - of which he has become one of the dominant figures. His works - literary and psychoanalytic - have been consecrated by the success that they have met with in a public that only accepts psychoanalysis so conceived, presented and developed: in short, a 'soft' psychoanalysis. For my part, I had plunged ever deeper into psychoanalytic psychoanalysis. It is a difficult route, where language constantly comes up against its limits in its effort to explain the psyche, limits that are very different from those encountered in great literature. But I have not forgotten the time when we worked together, just as I have not forgotten all those who, over the course of the passing years, have given me the opportunity of conversing with them, in the psychoanalytic society to which I belong - the Société Psychanalytique de Paris (SPP) - and in others, both French and foreign societies.

I want to mention, in particular, Fernando Urribarri, to whom I owe the honour of having been named Honorary Professor of the University of Buenos

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