1st Edition

How Does Analysis Work? Examples of Lacanian Interpretation

Edited By Berjanet Jazani Copyright 2025
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    How Does Analysis Work? uses short, compelling vignettes from people in Lacanian analysis to explore how analytic interpretation works.

    Insights, revelations, connections, meanings and non-meanings all feature in these anonymous accounts of crucial moments in analysis, providing a sense of what it is all about. Drawn from a wide range of analysands, some seasoned analysts and others just starting out, these vignettes show how change takes place. The short pieces are drawn from Lacanian analysis, but many go against cliched views of what Lacanians do in their work, spanning both the classical and the radically innovative and showing the use of humour and theatre in psychoanalytic practice.

    How Does Analysis Work? will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and Lacanian analysts in practice and in training, as well as anyone who is curious about the analytic process.

    List of Contributors



    A Question that put me to Work


    My Teddy Collection    

    Playing Games 

    Queer Dead Uncles      

    La Cough        


    Why Hypothesize?       

    A Thread of Interpretation         

    Analysis, Moments of Concluding        

    Love as an Effect of Truth         

    We Have a Date!          

    The Place of the Object

    Fathers and Daughters  


    The Fruit, the Vagina and the Pyjamas   

    Hidden in Plain Sight   


    Second Analysis           


    Dreams in an Analysis  


    My Desk is next to my Bed       

    Random Act     

    A Knock on the Door    



    ‘Analysis Terminable and Interminable’, Thirty Years on

    Less than Zero 

    A Love Letter   

    Gay Shame, Phantasy and Recovering Myself    

    The Goodbye   

    Samson and Delilah      

    What’s in a Name?       

    The Choice of Exile      

    A Cut Off         


    Hell is Other People!    

    A Pair of Converse Trainers      

    My First Wish to be an Analyst 

    An Excerpt from a Didactic Analysis: Death in Other Words

    Image of a Telephone   

    A Story

    Eat What You Want, Drink What You Want        

    A Sewing Machine and an Umbrella      

    The Hidden Letter        

    Scrambled Eggs

    The Eye of the Storm    

    Swift and Fragmentary Notes on Interpretation  


    Only You Would Dream of Such a Thing!          

    My PIN

    Conjunctions of Embarrassment and Suffering   

    Unconscious and drive being cut           



    Berjanet Jazani is a medical doctor and practicing psychoanalyst based in London, UK. She is the president of The College of Psychoanalysts UK, clinical member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis & Research (CFAR), and the author of Lacanian Psychoanalysis from Clinic to Culture and Lacan, Mortality, Life and Language: Clinical and Cultural Explorations, and The Perfume of Soul from Freud to Lacan: A Critical Reading of Smelling, Breathing and Subjectivity (all Routledge).

    “For those of us who, scholars or not, are interested in the complex engagements of psychoanalysis, it can be frustrating how poorly psychoanalysis has been understood in terms of both its theories and practices. Then, too, there's the brutally reductive matter of its popular cultural representations. These simplistic ideas are not only harmful to those who would like to grasp psychoanalysis intellectually, but to analysands' experience of psychoanalysis in the consulting room. A book that describes the wide range of heterogeneous possibilities that have emerged from this form of encounter would therefore be a welcome intervention - one that can deepen and expand our sense of psychoanalytic practice in ways that work to enrich its theoretical underpinnings as well.” - Dr Devorah Baum, Associate Professor of English Literature and Critical Theory, University of Southampton, UK


    “There has been a distinct lack of suitable academic literature offering tangible clinical examples of the unique features of a Lacanian analysis. Hence I am confident this book would be well received and read with great interest by academics in the social sciences and humanities alike, as well as the wide range of clinicians working in the mental health field. Over the decades a number of myths have emerged around the image of the Lacanian analyst, playing on a cliched stereotype of the Lacanian style of interpretation. These myths are quite misleading and urgently in need of challenge; there is no doubt that they have negatively influenced the reception of Lacanian analysis more broadly across the UK. This volume would address these misconceptions in a way that should, I hope, make the key precepts of contemporary Lacanian technique accessible to a wider audience.” - Dr Gwion Jones, Assistant Professor in Psychology, Coventry University, UK