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"Psychoanalysis is not like any other form of therapeutics".
Jacques Lacan
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The Freudian understanding of hysteria and its representation in the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
By Bernard Kennedy
In this essay I will consider Freud's theories on hysteria. I will outline his theory of seduction and infantile phantasy. It will involve a consideration of the role of sexuality in hysteria and Freud's typology of hysterical symptoms. I will then consider other theories of hysteria, including those of Showalter, Mitchell and Foucault.
I will outline Freud's theory of representation and regression, because each has a role in hysteria, and look at Lacan's approach to regression. This will lead to a consideration of cinema as a representation of image, where I will illustrate, through two of Hitchcock's films, Rebecca (1940) and Rope (1948), the representation of hysteria in the female and male gender.
I will illustrate how hysteria is the movement of the return of the repressed and is centred on the Freudian theory of sexual trauma, with its Lacanian resolution of entry to the order of the phallus, and its Freudian resolution through speech.
Testimony on the passe
Happiness without hope
By Luis Darío Salamone
I wish to thank the Brazilian School of Psychoanalysis for inviting me to give a testimony at this Conference. [2] I am going to explain the happiness I managed to achieve by the end of an analysis. Several years ago I wrote about this subject for a conference entitled "The satisfactions of the symptom", hosted by the Lacanian Orientation School [3], during which Oscar Zack and I participated in a plenary session on happiness. Perhaps I should begin by discussing unhappiness. Rereading "Civilization and its discontents" [4], I remembered that title originally chosen by Freud was "Unhappiness in culture".
Clinical vignettes
The Betrayal of Cats
By Jorge Silva Rodighiero
One of the symptoms that make people go to a psychologist is phobia. We could define it as the intense fear triggered by the presence of an object or situation which provokes anxiety and complicates the daily lives of people.
Open access article
Some observations on the evolution of the concept of trauma
By Elena Levy Yeyati
This work reviews specialized literature on some theories and prejudices, both historical and current, about trauma. These may appear to be linked to Freud's early theory on trauma. We claim, however, that such relationship is paradoxical and even nonexistent in some cases. The psychoanalytic view disagrees with some of today's theorists on trauma. In order to explain these differences, at least two factors -one conceptual and the other one political in nature- need to be taken into consideration. These differences go beyond the academic area, as they also have an effect on institutional practices.
Short articles
The logics of exclusion: a response from the real.
By Carlos Gustavo Motta
People who suffer from AIDS are sometimes denied basic rights such as food or housing, and they are even fired from jobs they are perfectly able to perform. Moreover, they are sometimes rejected by their community or -in the most tragic instances- by their own family. The social and economic tensions associated to the HIV/AIDS complex constitute a major political and cultural problem.
The necessity of the accident: Lacan and the question of trauma.
By Adela Stoppel de Gueller
Trauma appears in the early years of psychoanalysis in order to remove neuroses from the field of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. Instead, Freudsupports the notion of accidental causality, thus enabling particular historical contingencies to acquire the statute of determining causal factors. Lacan takes this subject up again to distinguish the real from reality and to question the concept of cause. The advent of the Freudian unconscious appears as an open wound between the cause and that which is affected by the cause. Neurosis is the scar that tries to heal this wound. After Lacan, trauma is no longer an accident, but that around which the subject is constituted.
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