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Helen Sheehan – Sitting There Saying Nothing – What is involved in the Psychoanalytic Act

 

THE LETTER 61 Spring 2016, pages 23-31

 

This paper explores what is at stake when speaking about the Psychoanalytic Act - this with reference to Lacan’s ‘67-’68 seminar of the same name. The central place of Freud’s repetition compulsion as a given of discourse is emphasized. Questions related to what it means to practice as a psychoanalyst, including the interrogation of Being, the end of analysis and the function of psychoanalytic societies, are also raised.

 

Keywords: Metaphysics; repetition; discourse; the analyst as instrument; the end of analysis; Carl Rogers;psychotherapy

Sitting There Saying Nothing – What is involved in the Psychoanalytic Act

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