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By Roberto Harari

Designed for beginners in addition to scholars of psychology and literary feedback, those systematic lectures do a lot to elucidate Lacan's groundbreaking paintings at the start of the topic and its hyperlinks with Freud's thought of drives. furthermore, they resolution a few of the criticisms which were leveled at Lacan by means of sorts of psychoanalysis not able or unwilling to include his principles.

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The experience that has stimulated these reflections refers particularly to incestuous relationships between mothers and daughters, sometimes, but not always, with a male figure as a “vector” in situations still far away from any oedipal triangulation. Naturally, I am not talking about differences in the quality and the intensity of the trauma (this depends on the combination of infinite variables about which we cannot make any kind of generalization); but I am talking about the clinical sensation of having greater difficulty in coming into contact with these “violations in the feminine” and of subtracting them from the defensive mechanisms of denial, splitting, and isolation that in these situations seem to me to be especially violent and tenacious.

117). The author deals with a crucial problem about ethics and sustains that—in his experience—he has noted “that boundary violations, especially of incest victims, are virtually not represented in more intensive therapies, particularly psychoanalysis”, but are much more common in psychotherapeutic treatments at a frequency of one weekly session or less . “The object intermittently seen would seem to be more tantalizing to both parties”, liable to establish more dangerous liaisons, while treatments closer to full analysis, in which the transference is central to the work, do not usually lead to abusive situations.

But on the psychological plane, the situation is inevitably much more tormented and elusive. The paradox that differentiates the psychoanalytical approach from that of other disciplines is that, for us, it is very difficult—at least from the genetic viewpoint—to separate the person who is the passive partner from the person who is the active partner in the sexual act; in many cases the person who commits incest has in turn suffered it, and just as frequently the psychopathological distortions that are the cause of incest are spread throughout the whole family group and are the same distortions that the incest then determines in the victim.

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