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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.
Short articles
Borges, Wilde, style: why ´anxiety´ is not ´Angst´
By Héctor Mauas, Marco Mauas
In "Note dictated at a hotel at the Quartier Latin" (1984), an essay written towards the end of his life, Borges traces a very tiny line of words on the surface of Wilde's texts. This line has some properties: it is external and foreign to the plane on which it is traced, yet at the same time it is intimately distant. We believe that this Borgesian line is a force of attraction: it creates a difference in potential between texts and produces an "intertext", which is nothing but a niche for the non-words that persist in a future, unfinished dimension -this is called style.
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.
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Short articles
Psychoanalysis, research and science
By Dr. Jorge Bekerman
The requirement to shorten the interventions and turn them into ten- to twelve-minute-long presentations prompted me to adopt a sort of "minimal format" for this intervention: I chose to state ten one-minute-long proposals, articulated with one another. I prepared the presentation by summarizing the contents of each proposal and by focusing on what I cannot fail to say, rather than on what I would like to say.
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.
The role of time in the clinical situation, according to Lacan.
By David Marrani
The question of time has been a very important question in both soft and hard sciences. In Physics, the former "natural philosophy" [3], it is inevitable to think of Einstein and the concept of space-time. The spatial positioning is linked to the time in many ways. The first spatial positioning, the primitive location, the locus, is inside the mother, the first place of living. The last one is the cemetery, the loculus. Indeed, time and distance, space, are related. The simplest expression of their relation is probably the one of speed. Indeed in the equation of speed we find that speed= distance/time. Interestingly enough, the discovery of the unconscious by Freud and the theory of restricted relativity of Einstein, both from the beginning of the 20th century, consider space and time, and developed the idea that these affect time in the way we think about it. Freud precisely wrote that the time of the unconscious is not the real time.
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Desire to kill. Claudia Piñeiro
Theodicy, common sense and the success of psychoanalysis in Argentina Sergio Eduardo Visacovsky
The necessity of the accident: Lacan and the question of trauma. Adela Stoppel de Gueller
The a object is the first Bedeutung. Dra. Elena Bisso
About El secreto de sus ojos. Lic. Lidia Deutsch
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