1st Edition

Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique in Freud and Lacan What Does a Psychoanalyst Do?

By Bruno Bonoris Copyright 2025
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique in Freud and Lacan contributes to the everyday work of contemporary psychoanalysts through a critical examination of psychoanalytic technique.

    Bruno Bonoris revisits and questions key concepts including free association, evenly suspended attention, transference, interpretation, and construction, with reference to Freud, Lacan, and the work of contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and psychoanalysts. The book considers four fundamental questions about the notion of “text” in order to rethink psychoanalytic technique, elucidating essential technical concepts while also introducing important modifications. Bonoris recovers the pragmatic spirit of early literature on psychoanalytic technique, oriented toward everyday clinical problems, using simple but powerful language with the added conceptual rigor of Lacan's ideas.

    Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique in Freud and Lacan 
    is essential reading for students and trainees of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic studies. It is also of interest to readers who wish to learn more about psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies.

    1. Dreaming: Cut and Beginning  2. Conjecturing: Experience and Theory  3. Opening: Free Association and Evenly Suspended Attention  4. Othering: Responsibility, Rectification and Localization  5. Loving: Introduction to the Problem of Transference  6. Causing: The Analyst’s Desire  7. Pretending to Forget: The Subject Supposed to Know  8. Interpreting: The Analytic Reading  9. Cutting: Analytic Writing


    Bruno Bonoris is a psychoanalyst based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is professor of psychology at the University of Buenos Aires and a doctoral researcher in psychology (UBA) and philosophy (Université Paris 8).

    "Far from Lacanian purely theoretical discussions and closed language, in Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique, Bonoris thinks about daily psychoanalytic practice through a more clinical than theoretical lens. He invites us to rethink what a psychoanalyst does in the office."

    Jorge N. Reitter, Author of Heteronormativity and Psychoanalysis. Oedipus Gay


    "Problems of Psychoanalytic Technique inscribes itself in the antipodes of the project to naturalize psychoanalysis. Bonoris elucidates the modalities through which a particular subject is instituted within the psychoanalytic clinic, conceiving it as an integrally a formal entity under which there is, literally, nothing."

     Nicolas Garrera-Tolbert, PhD, Lecturer of Philosophy, St Francis College.