Death and Identity: Being and the Psycho-Sexual Drama by Michel de M'Uzan

By Michel de M'Uzan

This can be a selection of articles by means of the eminent French psychoanalyst Michel de M'Uzan, collated from a number of resources initially released through Gallimard. this is often the 1st time those articles and essays are available English and seem as a part of the IPA's influential Psychoanalytic principles and Applications sequence, the purpose of that's to target the medical creation of vital authors whose works are impressive contributions to the improvement of the psychoanalytic box and to set out appropriate principles and subject matters, generated throughout the heritage of psychoanalysis, that should be mentioned by way of current psychoanalysts.

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Characterising the paradoxical system in this way will undoubtedly give rise to perplexity and criticism. For instance, it might be objected that the phenomena described are comparable to those artefacts that alter the course and perception of an experience and, as such, should be regarded as insignificant factors to be eliminated from the field of reflection. That may be so, but in psychoanalysis, as we know, the most reasonable course is not always the most sensible one. The reader will probably already have thought about the role that projection and introjection may play in the paradoxical system or, more 26 D E AT H A N D I D E N T I T Y precisely, the mechanisms of projective identification and, on the analyst’s part, particularly, introjective identification.

They may even think that the analyst is quite simply dead, behind them, in his armchair. Remarks of this kind do not necessarily express aggressiveness on the analysand’s part; neither should they always be attributed to distraction, to an evasion of the analyst. The fact is that they tend to occur especially when the analyst is invaded by paradoxical thoughts, thoughts that concern the patient to the highest degree. Thus, although at this very moment the analyst is completely preoccupied with himself, the patient experiences for a moment an authentic experience of mourning, which brings to light another function of the paradoxical system.

For Reich, libidinal stasis, constant yet variable, constitutes a real and actual factor. It operates in two ways: first, by inducing parental fixations from which incestuous conflicts will develop, thereby providing the content for psychoneurosis; and second, by directly feeding, along another path, the nucleus of actual neurosis which provides the psychoneurosis with its essential energy (see Fig. 1 by Reich). It seems to me that the link, so to speak, between the neurosis with its actual nucleus is likely, under certain circumstances, to come undone, more or less.

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