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The infantile illness of psychoanalysis

Auteur : Charles Melman 29/04/2013

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The infantile illness of psychoanalysis 

The unconsidered practice of the treatment leaves the practitioner with the belief that:

1)    Wisdom is tied to abstinence, which includes immobility and muteness

2)    Extraterritoriality is his ideal position. There results from this someone who is lost and whose mouth is shut, but with a heavily sententious gaze. Or, through a reaction, a diehard interventionist, a giver of advice who doesn’t pay the price.

There is no Plautus to describe these figures who, let us note in passing, do not figure either in Freud or in Lacan.

For they knew that the mortification of the Other – the cult of the immobile and mute dead father – is part of neurosis and that it is a question in the treatment of reanimating him to refer the patient back to his responsibility.

No-one was more fanciful than Freud in the direction of the treatment nor more turbulent than Lacan, including, of course, in addressing the public.

There are nonetheless still some colleagues ready to turn up their noses in the face of any form of activism, the creation of the École pratique des hautes études en psychopathologie, for example. You must be joking, allowing the honest student to inform himself and form himself in the deciphering of the psyche, that’s not orthodox. We recommend that they read two works that have just come out, published by Odile Jacob: The success of imposture by Alice Massat, and Totem and tambour by Manuella Rebotini, both students of the École. They will see that their orthodoxy has seriously aged.

Charles Melman


Until 18th May, the Peirre Brullé gallery, 25 rue de Tournon Paris 6th, is showing works by Master AKEJI (Kyoto), the marvellous graphic designer who so filled Lacan with enthusiasm.


Translation : Michael Plastow