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The Practice of Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Theories and Principles

ISBN 9780367342371
Published November 4, 2020 by Routledge
300 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Practice of Lacanian Psychoanalysis lays out an Aristotelian framework to account for the different types of knowing and not-knowing operative in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis.

The book proposes a new model for diagnosis, giving preference to fewer over more diagnoses, and seeks to better organize them by distinguishing between structure and surface symptoms. It examines many principles of Lacanian clinical practice, including different types of frames and evidence, the practice of citation and listening, the resistance and desire of the analyst, transference love as a metaphor, the role of negative transference at the end of analysis, and the identification with the sinthome as Lacan's last formulation regarding the end of analysis. The text also suggests that there are three forms of love and hate based on the works of Lacan and Winnicott.

Underpinned by extensive practical knowledge of the clinic and case examples for clinicians, analysts, and practicing Lacanian analysts, this book should be of interest to academics, scholars, and clinicians alike.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Lacanian Theory and a Multidimensional and Topological Approach to Diagnoses; 2. The Graph of Desire, the Signifying Chain(s), and the late Lacan; 3. The Clinical Evidence for Psychoanalysis, Standard and Non-Standard Frames, and the Question of Pure and Applied Psychoanalysis; 4. Preliminary Considerations; 5. The Singular Frame, Logical Time, and the Scansion of Sessions; 6. The Subject Supposed to know(ing), Love and Hate, and the Question of the Negative Transference; 7. The Three Payments of the Analyst and the Direction of the Treatment; 8. Interpretation: Punctuation, Citation, and the Scansion of Speech; 9. The Resistance of the Analyst, the Desire of the Analyst, and the Countertransference; 10. The Function of the One in Sexual Difference and the Question of Feminine Jouissance; 11. Time, Phases of Analysis and Oedipus in Analytic Treatments Writ Large (Applied Psychoanalysis); 12. Termination: The Third Phase of Pure Analysis: The Aim and End of Analysis Proper; 13. Clinical Psychoanalysis in the Public Clinic and the Question of Trauma; Appendices

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Raul Moncayo (PhD) is a licensed psychologist in California, supervising analyst and founding member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, USA. Dr. Moncayo was previously the Training Director of a large psychiatric clinic for many years. He has been an adjunct faculty and visiting professor both locally and abroad and is the author of seven books.


"There are many, too many, introductions to Jacques Lacan; this book is not one of them. For here Raul Moncayo methodically performs a remarkable feat: he does to Lacan what Lacan did to Freud, operating a true ‘return to Lacan’ from a US-based clinical practice that reinvigorates psychoanalytic theory and praxis. This original book is demanding but worth the effort – a Lacan for the 21st century!" Patricia Gherovici, PhD, psychoanalyst and author of Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference

"This original, erudite and thought-provoking book continues Raul Moncayo's unique interrogation of Lacanian theory and practice. Bringing a wide range of references, from philosophy of science to mathematics, anthropology, psychiatry and psychology, he makes Lacan's texts and seminars as fresh and surprising as they ought to be. This is a book not only for students new to the field but also for seasoned Lacanians. It is zesty, highly readable and profound." Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and author

"Raul Moncayo offers profound and crucial linkages among clinical experience, psychoanalytic theory, and Lacanian practice. Throughout the book, matters pertaining to the clinic are inseparable from theoretical considerations that draw from the long history of Lacan’s teaching. Dr. Moncayo speaks to diagnosis and desire, as well as the frame, aims, ends and structural considerations at play in various phases of a Lacanian treatment. The book is a vital resource for anyone who aspires to practice Lacanian psychoanalysis and further the promise of psychoanalysis currently in history." Annie G. Rogers, PhD