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The Fundamental Problematic for
A Psychoanalytic Clinic in Mondialisation

Mondialisation, which is the result of a confrontation between civilizations that blurs cultural borders, renders the limits of ideals and demands useless for the management of the social link. Mondialisation calls into question what each civilization promotes, provoking new perspectives that belong to the human as such, and that are beyond the stakes of civilization. The consequences of such a context subvert a psychoanalysis that is focused on the success of the ego in the social link of a given culture. Other perspectives, which will orient our five-years of sessions, therefore impose themselves for the psychoanalytic clinic.


First Year

A psychoanalysis is not a psychotherapy

The entrance in the social Link and the out-of-language

First and Second childhood

The Structure of the Address


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First Year

- A psychoanalysis is not a psychotherapy -

What a psychotherapy makes possible depends, fundamentally, on the knowledge that science sustains, a knowledge that starts from a interpretation that observation and calculation promote in relation to what is culturally acceptable within the social link. A psychoanalysis creates a space of welcome for an experience that is unaddressable, or culturally censured, that escapes both the observation and the calculation that regulate the social link, and which nevertheless disrupts the existence of the being.

- The entrance in the social link and the out-of-language -

The language that sustains and organizes relations between members of the collective is the way that the culture distinguishes between what is acceptable and what is rejected from the social link. What is censored and rejected out-of-language nevertheless continues to call into question both the construction of the self and the acceptance by the Other that culture sets up as the guardian of the receivable. In this way, a collective consciousness is established that regulates "living together.” This results in the potentially unmanageable consequences of a disparity between the intimate experience of the being and the self-image that the person maintains within the social link.

- First and second childhood -

The intimate and creative experience of first childhood, where the surging up of self-consciousness is accompanied by a quest for the unknown object, remains out-of-language and therefore unaddressable, despite the welcome and concern of the parental Other who is a prisoner to cultural expectations and values. The cultural models and demands of identification that preside over the conditions of ego formation in second childhood install the repression that will replace both the unaddressable and the quest, which is the object of self-consciousness. Collective consciousness and its demands will from then on define the space of possibility from within which the young child will have to confront the universe of puberty.

- The structure of the address -

Despite appearances, it is in this universe of puberty, where the cultural stakes are the censorship that creates a defect in language, that the young person is confronted with the structure of address. Central to such a structure is the function of the Other, who as guardian of cultural limits must ensure that what is outside of language, and would challenge collective consciousness, is kept out of the address.

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