Between babies and adults: a history of transmission in both directions

Abstract. After considering the concepts of international and intergenerational psychic transmission under the theory of the deferred action, the author then discusses the available models of the transmission process (successively in the light of the works of W. R BION, J. BOWLBY and D.N. STERN), before concluding with the system of early interactions between babies and their caregivers as a place of narrative in both directions.

Pathogenic secrets in families and medico-social institutions

Abstract : To understand the consequences of secret’s families, some changes in theory were necessary: on the place of Preconscious and Unconscious, on the splitting, on the symbolization operated on a sensori affectivo motor mode, and on social reality. These changes tacked the liberty, as soon as 1980, to build a new approach based on three concepts: the Secret as a psychological reality (written with a capital “S”), the “seepages” and the ricochets on several generations. They also shed light on the pathologic secrets in the institutions, in particolar medico social, and on the importance of the social law.

Pass the baton to your neighbour

Summary. How to broach the issue of transmission in systemic terms? What is transmitted to families affected by mental illness? What transmission emerges between therapists and their supervisor or an entire family therapy team? With the use of a “floating object” (“objet flottant”) inspired by those of Philippe Caillé, each therapist has seized the theme, writing one after another, bringing forth a dense frame addressing multiple registers. This is a faithful rendition of an initially intended to be read exercise.

The incisive experience of looking at oneself in the crossing of aging: stress, intrusion, reconciliation

Abstract. Aging is an extremely trying experience, even when no considerable deterioration takes place. The encounter with multiple and incessant injuries and impediments and the prospect of approaching death is highly complex; though original, it is consistently spanned by the emergence of many psychic issues which result from deferred action. Asked or forced to change yet remaining the same, aging men and women can engage in internal dialogue to confront and perhaps associate the tensions inherent in the aging experience. By placing emphasis on the potential of connecting with the inner child, we seek to shed light on some aspects of the aging experience.


The radical transformation of the clinic as a product of the transmission of clinical meetings with transsexual people

Summary. The clinical encounters with transsexuals have profoundly changed my psychoanalytic view, in practice and in theory. This radical transformation will be studied from the Lacanian clinic starting from the obstacles that are presented theoretically in my clinical experience. The confrontation with the enigma transsexual will cause a radical change in which knowledge produced by transgender people themselves has a decisive part. The concepts of structure and disease will be excluded and it is with the last part of Lacan’s teaching, knots, mingled with Marx’s theories of value as operating logic will be implemented.

On difficulty where we are in confusing melancholy and depression, manic-depressive psychosis and bipolar disorder

Abstract. Philosophical and methodological bases of psychiatry are in full mutation. The new paradigms, which highlight an “athéroism” ambition, accommodate poorly with the major frameworks of classical psychopathology. The old notions of mania / melancholy disappears in favor of the vague notion of bipolar disorder. The ambition of this article is to give an obviously quick and partial view of melancholy history and to assert its dignity. Melancholy has a long history, and it affects as well the medical field as the aesthetics and ethics ones. Today, the ancient melancholy hero is a subject embarrassed by his mood disorders. Such a disappearance of what melancholy is has to be questioned.