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Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Practice Insights from Fourteen Psychoanalysts

Edited By Diego Busiol Copyright 2022
    272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.


    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


    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.