In this book the author explores the particularities of the status of the method in psychoanalysis, linked to the specificity of unconscious psychic processes. If the method aims at ensuring a level of technical mastery, it must also make sure that analytic treatment does not become an 'application' of knowledge. A modern conception of the analytic situation implies going beyond the classical pair of 'setting-interpretation'. Starting out from the postulate of a transferential dynamic of the encounter, the author brings into play the pair 'analyzing site-situation'. The 'analyzing situation' emerges from the utilization, in a found-created mode (Winnicott), of an initial site constituted by a set of means put at the patients disposal. The analyzing situation includes patient and analyst in a self-organizing structure. The notion of a site makes it possible to approach the difference between psychoanalysis and analytic psychotherapy differently: each site has a 'logic', an intrinsic functional coherence, which have their own incidence on the therapeutic process.

part I|87 pages

chapter |17 pages


The adventure of the method

chapter Two|7 pages

The Sirens’ song

chapter Three|6 pages

Clinical reports, interanalytic exchanges 1

chapter |4 pages

Addendum A

Constraint of method and/or constraint of finality

chapter |5 pages

Addendum B

Psychoanalytic encounter and consultation

part II|98 pages

chapter |2 pages


The specter-spectrum of the superego

chapter Five|44 pages

Lord Jim or the shame of living 1

chapter Six|16 pages

Tender humour

chapter Seven|14 pages

Freud and the shadow of the superego 1

chapter Eight|12 pages

Work of culture and superego

chapter Nine|8 pages

A child is being talked about 1