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Psychoanalytic Formation – What are We Aiming For and How Do We Practice?

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Principles (not concepts) of Psychoanalytic theory and practice in the Lacanian orientation.

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The School of the Freudian Letter is organising a weekend of seminars in London, responding to the question of the desire of the analyst one by one.

The question of the desire of the analyst is a key reference point in Lacan's work.

At the beginning of Seminar XI, he asks, “What is the analyst's desire? What does it have to be in order to operate?" with the seminar ending on his answer that, "the analyst's desire is not a pure desire…it is a desire to obtain absolute difference".

Presenters on this theme are tasked to say something of their particularity (desire) in the practice and, since the analytic act cannot be premeditated, how they find themselves working towards realising it.

The aim here is to acknowledge that each analyst has their own real (often unconscious) priorities; their own cause of desire in entering the analytic field initially and subsequently to venture a further step into the arena of praxis.

This singularity is a principle player in what obtains. Psychoanalytic formation, especially under Lacan's influence, tasks the analyst-in-formation to be attentive to this and thereby become increasingly in-formed (and, thereby, less hamstrung) by it.

Day 1 - Saturday, 23rd of November

Session 1

11am – 11:30am Introduction to the day and the theme

Psychoanalytic Formation: What are We Aiming For and How Do We Practice?

Penny Georgiou, Psychoanalyst

11:45am – 1pm Seminar

‘The Super Ego’

Richard Klein, Psychoanalyst, President of the School of the Freudian Letter

1pm – 2:15pm Lunch break

Session 2

2:15pm – 3pm Cartel presentation

‘Early encounters with Lacan: musings about the beginning of the analyst's formation'

Lorena Rivero De Beer, New Analyst

Chair: Penny Georgiou

3pm – 5pm Seminar

‘The Oedipus, Cosmogony and the Alien’

Angelos Tsialides, Lacanian Psychoanalyst

Summary: The Oedipus Complex is usually characterised as the most crucial concept of psychoanalysis. Freud has shed the light upon it, and it has been both a discovery and an invention: a discovery of a psychical process from which no human being escapes, and the invention of a description for this process in the form of metaphor, the myth of Oedipus.

However, Freud’s contemporaries very often only scrape the surface of what the Oedipus is about (as with everything else that Freud described). The way subjectivity was approached by Lacan opens a new dimension to the Oedipus, where we are able to perceive not only a metaphor describing certain familial relations, but one where the mystery of cosmogony is at stake in the encounter with a desire which is Alien.

Day 2 - Sunday, 24th of November

Session 3

10am – 11:45am Seminar

‘How we are Practising the Freudian Asceticism of Lunguage?’

Petros Patounas, Lacanian Psychoanalyst

Summary points:

- What exactly do we do in the sessions?

- The use of topology and the structures.

- When do we move the analysand to the couch?

- The foreclosure of the psychoanalyst.

- The Sinthome and the Identification with the Act.

- Solutions to analysis: The No-Body and the restructuring of the topology.

- Ends of analysis: Continuation of life and choosing how to live.

- The Act: A new orientation for psychoanalysis.

11:45am – 12pm Short break

12pm – 1pm Discussion

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