rss_2.0Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis Journal of Psychoanalysis 's Cover Paradoxically Surviving and Non-Surviving of the Psychic Object on “L’archaïque Fraternel” by François Richard the Gap. Psychoanalysis and the Unrepresented<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This paper summarizes and extends the author’s view of the need for a two-track theory of psychoanalysis, transformational as well as archeological, and its application to patients and mind states that are ‘beyond neurosis’ at the limits of analyzability. Considerations of the unstructured unconscious, the transformational movement from unrepresented to represented states, the role of intuition and construction in the completion of perceptions, memories, phantasies, desires and other drive derivatives are presented and explored.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00In Between and Across<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Taking Winnicott’s concept of transitional space as a starting point, I extend it to the idea of a transitional time (the temporal interval between two events) and to that of a bridge space/time – a bridge being a structure spanning an obstacle for the purpose of providing passage over it. In the process, I make reference to a variety of psychological and cultural phenomena that we experience in our daily lives, and more specifically in our analytic work. These include the transference, rites of passage, various kinds of silences, sexuality, borderline personality disorders, and the arts (in particular, music and cinema).</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00The Model of Trauma, According to Ferenczi - without Sympathy There Is No Healing or Feeling Together with<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Using the notes of Ferenczi throughout the Clinical Diary, I recomposed his work with patient B., through which, together with patient R.N., Ferenczi came to encounter the psychogenesis of trauma and mental shock, urging him to develop a theory and a technique of working with trauma, constantly seeking healing and treatment. Based on this clinical excerpt, I discuss about trauma, approached theoretically and technically, emphasizing both the importance of knowing the mechanisms of trauma and the importance of healing, through communication from affect to affect, which allows a chance for rearrangement.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Who is This Stranger?<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The appearance of a younger child, brother or sister, may represent a decisive moment in the existence of the first born. The possibly violent exit from the Eden-like universe of primary narcissism, of limitless self-love, via the birth of a second child represents a structuring experience, which forces the repositioning of the Ego in a manner similar to the hierarchic positioning within the primitive horde. In this context, the discovery and exploration of the other seems to become the main form of access to the construction of the Ego in the presence of an alterity that carries the mark of a narcissistic wound.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Same Sex Parenthood<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>With respect to same-sex parenting, we are obliged to take a renewed look at the relevance of the theory of the Oedipus complex in its « simple » form, just as Freud himself found it necessary to do (Freud 1923b). We could argue that the psychical flexibility that is typical of human beings helps same-sex parents to implement in their children a fantasy scenario that supports the structuring of their psychical organization.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00On the Paradox of Psychoanalytic Thinking<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>Psychoanalytic thinking was born in the psychoanalytic relationship and its biography begins in the first persson plural, us. Maybe this plural, me and my patient, is at first only in the mind of the therapist clearly stated. My patient and I are concerned from the beginning to find together those mental, emotional connections that will open the way for the therapeutic process. We are, as Donnel Stern says, partners in thought, a paradoxical thought, which feeds and creates from the intimate substance of our encounter, in the cabinet, but also in the mind of each of us, in which we receive the Other, in all the metamorphosis of transference.</p> <p>Probably the most difficult thing in this adventure is to succeed in creating a relational field, often implicit, in which it is possible to meet deeply the two lives and histories of ours, from which then is born the narrow edge of therapeutic intimacy that Ehrenberg so beautifully and honestly uncovered in her book.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Transmodal Metaphor. Intersubjectivity and Transmodality During Early Development and in a Group Mediation Setting with Autistic Children<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The principle of a clinical setting, created in a centre for autistic children in Greece (The Perivolaki 3), was based on the combination of different mediations within a given group workshop: reproducing sounds, movements, drawings and then reformulating the patterns in a different register. In this article I propose the theoretical-clinical support of this setting on psychoanalytic and neurocognitive data and hypotheses related to the processes of intrasubjective linking and intersubjective links, which I consider to be co-emerging, during normal development and in early pathologies (autisms). Transmodality, affective tuning, primary symbolizations and metaphorization processes are also questioned by this double point of view.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00The Fraternal Archaic<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>This article considers the relationships between brothers and sisters from the angle of a more primitive problematic which encompasses them. The archaic bond to the mother, with its moments of subject/object confusion and envious aggressiveness, pervades the ordinary rivalry proper to the fraternal bond – which is a corollary of the specular structure of the self, between narcissistic triumph and annihilation.</p> <p>An adult clinical case shows the traumatic depressant impact, in the transferential aftermath, of the birth of a younger brother – and how analysis was able to unravel this neurotic complex.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2022-03-12T00:00:00.000+00:00Editorial“Listening with a Third Ear” - Is there a Key to the Archaic?<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>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.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-12-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Reflections on the Split Identity of Women in Turkey Over Century<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>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.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-12-14T00:00:00.000+00:00The Clinical Importance of Change into a Process of Transformation<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>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.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-12-14T00:00:00.000+00:00The Claustrum and Escaping One’s Own Reality Truth in the Shadow of Religious Truth<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>In this article I have chosen to approach the topic of personal truth, always subjected to repression, therefore being unconscious. This truth governs the choices in our lives, the attitudes and desires. Repression shows that this truth is unacceptable, unutterable – it must not be exposed, presented, or even consciously represented. When we discover it and manage its integration within the ensemble of our personality, we achieve the capacity to truly love and live, in an authentic manner.</p> <p>The process towards uncovering this truth is difficult and involves many reorganisations on the level of psychic reality, of self-image, of relationships with others as well as with one’s self. The reaction when faced with this discovery is fear, and the reaction towards psychoanalysis, which facilitates the discovery of this truth, is hatred. When personal truth is repressed and its attempts at breaching the conscious are obstructed by perversely imposing a religious 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.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-12-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Is there a Feminine Narcissism?<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>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.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-12-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Discussion On Encounter with the “Favourite Patient”<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>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.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-12-14T00:00:00.000+00:00en-us-1