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Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Practice
Insights from Fourteen Psychoanalysts

Edited By

Diego Busiol

ISBN 9781138362475
Published September 29, 2021 by Routledge
272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this book, fourteen Lacanian psychoanalysts from Italy and France present how they listen and understand clinical questions, and how they operate in session. More than a theoretical ‘introduction to Lacan’, this book stems from clinical issues, is written by practicing psychoanalysts and not only presents theoretical concepts, but also their use in practice.

Psychoanalytic listening is the leitmotif of this book. How, and what, does a psychoanalyst listen to/for? How to effectively listen, and thus understand, something from the unconscious? Further, this book examines the evolution of psychic symptoms since Freud’s Studies on Hysteria to today, and how the clinical work has changed. It introduces the differences between 'classic' discourses and ‘modern’ symptoms, with also a spotlight on some transversal issues. Chapters include hysteria, obsessive discourse and phobia, paranoia, panic disorder, anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and obesity, depressions, addictions, borderline cases, the relationship with the mother, perversion, clinic of the void, and jealousy.

Despite possessing the same theoretical reference of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, the contributors of this book belong to different associations and groups, and each of them provides several examples taken from their own practice. Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Practice is of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, students and academics from the international psychoanalytic community.

Table of Contents


Glossary of terms


Diego Busiol

Part 1

1 The evolution of psychic symptoms from Freud's Studies on Hysteria to today

Diego Busiol

2 How to listen in analysis

Diego Busiol

3 Desire and enjoyment in psychoanalysis

Diego Busiol

4 The listening, the linguistic precision, the intervention

Giancarlo Calciolari

5 Timeline of Lacan in Italy, and further developments of psychoanalysis in Italy

Diego Busiol

The contributors to this book

Part 2: Classic Discourses

6 With Freud and Lacan: Hysteria, anorexia/bulimia, and other contemporary clinical questions

Jean-Luc Cacciali

Interview with Charles Melman

7 From phobia to obsessive discourse

Gabriele Lodari

8 Reading Freud with Lacan. Brief essay on paranoia. Or how to extricate oneself, at the dawn of the third millennium, from an impossible narration

Fabrizio Gambini

Interview with Fabrizio Gambini

Part 3: Modern Symptoms

9 Panic as a phenomenon of modernity

Marco Focchi

10 Anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and obesity. An interview with Domenico Cosenza

Domenico Cosenza and Diego Busiol

11 Depressions

Franco Lolli

12 Addictions: Toxicomania and Others

Jean-Louis Chassaing

13 Limit-states or Borderline

Jean-Louis Chassaing

Part 4: Transversal questions

14 The relationship with the mother

Renata Miletto

15 Listening to Perversion

Sergio Benvenuto

Interview with Sergio Benvenuto

16 Clinic of the void. An interview with Massimo Recalcati

Massimo Recalcati

17 Good and bad encounters with jealousy

Paule Cacciali

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Diego Busiol is a licensed psychologist and licensed psychotherapist in his native country of Italy, and obtained his PhD from City University of Hong Kong. As a psychoanalyst, he has maintained a private practice in Hong Kong for several years.