In this classic work, the author presents and develops his theory of the importance of 'the Skin-ego'. Just as the skin is wrapped around the body, so the author sees the 'Skin-ego' as a psychical wrapping containing, defining and consolidating the subject. From this perspective, the structure and functions of the skin can provide psychoanalysts and general readers with a fertile and practical metaphor. The author's concept of the Skin-ego is the answer to questions he regards as crucial to contemporary psychoanalysis: questions of topography which were left incomplete by Freud; the analysis of fantasies of the container as of the contained; issues of touch between mothers and babies; extending the concept of prohibitions within an Oedipal framework to those derived from a prohibition on touching; and questions pertaining to the representation of the body and to its psychoanalytic setting. This new translation of Le Moi-peau is based on the second and last (1995) edition.

part 1|72 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Epistemological preliminaries

chapter 2|15 pages

Four sets of data

chapter 3|10 pages

The notion of a Skin-ego

chapter 4|10 pages

The Greek Myth of Marsyas

chapter 5|14 pages

The psychogenesis of the Skin-ego

part 3|112 pages

Principal Configurations

chapter 11|19 pages

The wrapping of sound

chapter 12|5 pages

The thermal wrapping

chapter 13|12 pages

The olfactory wrapping

chapter 14|6 pages

Confusion of qualities of taste

chapter 15|8 pages

The second muscular skin

chapter 16|12 pages

The wrapping of suffering

chapter 17|20 pages

The film of dreams

chapter 18|26 pages

Summaries and further observations