L'agressivité en psychanalyse

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1948 L'agressivité en psychanalyse
Aggressivity in psychoanalysis

This theoretical report was read at the Eleventh Congress of French-Speaking Psychoanalysts in Brussels, May 1948.

This theoretical report was read at the XI Conférence des Psychanalystes de Langue Française in Brussels, May 1948.

Its objective was to give psychoanalysis the status of a science, by making aggressivity into a concept, and by proving that analytic experience could, in its own way, provide results capable of founding "a positive science."

Lacan's conception of therapy is clear here; analytic technique is useful for setting into play the motivating forces of aggressivity, in particular negative transference, the "inaugural knot of the analytic drama."

In order to fight against the ego of misconstruction (méconnaissance], "maieutics" must operate through a detour, "to induce a guided paranoia," and from there it is possible to work.

These theses and the practice that they subte~d would give rise to many discussions and arguments.

However, what remains specific about analytic experience is the fact that it takes place entirely in speech.

The concept of aggressivity is constructed in relation to the mirror stage and the "paranoiac structure of the Ego."

Only Oedipal identification with the father is pacifying and allows for social and cultural creativity.


Published, Écrits, pp. 101-24. Translated. Ecrits: A Selection, pp. 8-29.