The psychosomatic phenomenon (FPS). Limit of the structure of language

Psychosomatics has always been an enigma for the clinic and for medicine. In this article, I take a tour through the different psychotherapeutic currents and the neurobiological research sciences, which, as they advance, support the Freudian theory of the unconscious. Through two clinical cases, I Read more…

The procreation half century after the applications of techniques of assisted reproduction

The work describes psychological aspects of the demand for procreation in an Assisted Reproduction Unit in the framework of public assistance. It highlights the importance of the articulation of mourning due to the loss of biological fertility with the parental functions and the confrontation of Read more…

Adolescence: identity, limits, sectarianism

In this article, we firstly intend to summarize the meaning of adolescente the basic tendencies of peer grouping and the importance of setting bounderies. Secondly, we argue that like in any process of change, adolescents face the increasing tension of ceasing to be a child. Read more…

Violence against women, ViolenceS against The woman

This article discusses the premise that the clinical approach to understanding the mindset of those perpetrators who commit acts of domestic/sexist violence cannot be successful if it relies on only social, cultural, historical and political factors. Instead, the clinical approach —and proper assessment— also requires Read more…

The aging of population in the societies of the first world

First-world societies are subject to a growing aging process. This raises problems with regard to the sustainability of the pension system and, at the same time, generates problems of poor or inadequate treatment of elderly people’s needs. This article shows the results of a study Read more…

Uses of drugs and adolescence

This article follows up and expands upon matters discussed at the 18th edition of the Conference for Families Affected by Mental Health Problems in Nou Barris (Barcelona). The title is «Drug Use amongst Teenagers». This is part of general program of activities entitled, «The Prevention Read more…

What to do to grow healthy

This text concerns to an explanation in the XVII Mental Health Working day in Nou Barris. I opted for keep the original contents, addressed to a diverse public, formed by associated familiars of mental patients and health professionals, reflecting the psychic development theory from psychoanalysis, Read more…

Reflections from a psychotherapeutic group dynamics

Reflections about the experience in a psychotherapeutic group dynamic, developed in an adult’s psychiatric hospitalization unit in the public health care system. This study has been carried out based on the group psychotherapeutic experience carried out in the Adult Psychiatric Income Unit of Vega Baja Read more…

In defense of subjectivity. Movement for the defense of public mental health

This paper introduces the Platform for Defens of Public Mental Health in Catalonia —an assembly movement of interdisciplinary professionals participating in a personal basis, created to face currrent mental health crucial problems— and its goals, framed in a clinic, ethical, and political commitment. Teresa Morandi Read more…

The erogenic drive singularity

This article presents a figurative proposal of the psychic organization focusing its attention on the capacities of assimilation of the external by the singularity of the child in its exchange with the primary objects. It also establishes conjectures in relation to physicochemistry referring to the Read more…

The importance of psychological support in perinatal grief

The work of mourning in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In this paper we present some reflections on the work of mourning in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In preterm birth, the mother often experiences feelings of loss in front of the lack of an Read more…

Who knocks at the door?

I’d like to approach the refugees issue as a political and social problem that engages us all objectively and subjectively. The cruelty and harshness of the experiences of the refugee claimants implies such high level of suffering that is likely to break their psychological and Read more…

Celebration of difference and praise of uprooting and acceptance Identities, migrations, mental health and human rights
Second part

This second part is, again, a nomadic text, under this perspective that traverses knowledge about the migrations, exiles and the diverse human movements. While the previous article was the celebration of the difference in recognition of the singularity of each individual product of their identifications, Read more…

Memory, grief and psychoanalysis on the long way of pain between 1939 and 2017

As the purpose of traumatic symptom is to find someone to talk to, this article is an attempt to articulate a written answer to the question: which is the attitude psychoanalyst must adopt in cases of mourning for social trauma? Tries to develop cognition traumatic Read more…

Neoliberalism, economic crisis and subject

The current economic crisis, which began in 2008, has been produced from the excesses of the neoliberal system, the latest version of capitalism. This is based on the deregulation, privatization and dismantling of the welfare state, born after the Second World War. The Friedmanian claim Read more…

On the precarious situation of attention to mental health in Catalonia

This work is a compilation of three articles published in the Journal of Health: Care in mental health: more patients and fewer resources. Children are an example of family and social insecurity. Mental health professionals: invisible and overloaded. These themes are developed more widely to Read more…

The psychoanalytic dialogue yesterday and today Second part: Free association (continuation). Floating attention, the second golden rule of psychoanalysis?

In the second part of the article (the first part was published in the previous issue of this publication), the author completes his exposition on free association and subsequently goes on to broach the subject of free floating attention, describing the metapsychological foundations of its Read more…

Reflections on the Protocol for the management of childhood deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the Catalan healthcare system

In May 2015 the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) handling Protocol for children and youth, was published in the Catalan Health System. We, as professionals of different disciplines attending children and youth suffering from the symptomatology described for this disorder, are aware of the Read more…

Celebration of difference and praise of uprooting and acceptance Identities, migrations, mental health and human rights
First part

This article is the first part of an extensive and rigorous reflection regarding identity, diversity, migration and its effects on the mental health of people and their communities. Even though identity is a core theme of psychoanalytical theory, the approach here covers this concept across-the-board Read more…

Of these times and psychoanalysis
Collective and individual subjectivity in the contemporary clinic

Postmodern society questions and dissolves values; consequently, persons who until then have lived in the midst of illusions symbolized by religion, the community and stability now find themselves in a different world. There has come about a fading of comforting gods and fictions that previously Read more…

The psychoanalytic dialogue yesterday and today. What has become of free association and floating attention?
First part: Free association. The fundamental psychoanalytic rule

This paper consists of a critical revision and detailed account of Freudian references above all, although other authors are also taken into account, concerning the use of the rule of free association in the analyzing and of free-floating attention in the analyst, both essential components Read more…

A place for poetry
A look at the lyrical artistic expression linked to clinical psychoanalysis

In this article I explore the adventure of writing poetry: the genesis of the word, what can lead the poet to write, what literary influences stimulate him and the specific tools which are required in the creative process of the poetic language. My reflections come Read more…

Institutional violence and mental health, a matter of balance. The therapeutic accompaniment

The author discusses various aspects of institutional violence, placing the emphasis on the so-called «necessary violence» (Piera Aulagnier), one that is exercised not wanting to cause harm but for the sake of the other. She reflects briefly on the concepts of violence and aggression, their Read more…

EMDR in the treatment of traumas and attachment disorders

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a psychotherapeutic approach that consists of eight phases with a set of specific procedures focused on the associative spontaneous processing of the traumatic memories and with a component of bilateral stimulation (ocular, auditory and tactile movements). The theoretical Read more…

Revaluation of the countertransference in the contemporary clinic

The extension of the limits of analyzability, and the changes which today’s culture has printed on the forms of subjectivity, have promoted a large clinical and theoretical richness. Winnicott’s contributions to Freudian thinking, the study of early trauma, and the failures in the symbolic world Read more…

Richard Wagner: About problem of identity and narcissism. Some hypotheses (first part)

This study concerns the life of Richard Wagner. Pychoanalytical concepts are employed to delve into the workings of the great composer’s mind. Various theories are put forward related to the underlying and unconscious dynamic, which influenced one of the world’s best-loved composers. The study is Read more…

Original repression (Urverdrängung), an open concept. One hundred years of Metapsychology

The concept of primal repression (Urverdrängung), which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary, was one of the most diffused and less developed along Freud’s work, especially from the clinical point of view. In this article, after reviewing those Freudian texts that deal with the Read more…

From the ontology of Selbst to the clinic of the self. Applications within the field of psychosomatic illness

In the present text, a central hypothesis is outlined: the psychosomatic condition corresponds to a manifestation of the true self; concept developed by Winnicott. For this task I propose as support the texts of F. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885) and Beyond Good and Evil Read more…

In remembrance of Silvia Tubert

Silvia Tubert, a psychoanalyst and a writer, was a committed intellectual who questioned with an acute critical sense the psychoanalysis of her time. She is the author of several articles and books that deal with childhood, adolescence, assisted reproduction and female subjectivity. Its innovative thinking Read more…

«Do you know how I get rid of what you say?»: About Women, Fear and Transmission

Reflection on the 1936 war, the post-war, the dictatorship and the transition involves a difficult challenge. It means a complex and devastating event for humanity that has been indelibly inscribed as a wound which is difficult to heal in the subjectivity of those who lived Read more…

Facebook-style transfers in psychoanalytic treatments

The current times, of post-modernity or over-modernity, are characterized by weak, fragile and liquid relationships, as Zygmunt Bauman says. It is becoming more and more common, especially in adolescents, but not only in them, a kind of transference attachment that I’m going to call «Facebook-style», Read more…

A winter journal: group psychoanalytic psychotherapy in old age

In September 2010 a group of psychoanalysts got together with the interest of promoting an elderly care project. This project began with the collaboration of primary care centers, where elderly people over 65 often go. Many of them query their doctors about their fear of Read more…

Opus 20; 1. Preludio 2. Andante 3. Vivace, ma non troppo 4. Finale

The text refers to the urgent need to renew the psychoanalysis to today’s new challenges. Proposals that are formulated are more based on factors intrinsic to our work than in the extrinsic ones (reigning sociopolitical, economic and ideological crisis, pharmacological treatment options, etc.). This is Read more…

From printing to Internet: technologies and evolution of human subjectivity

People in pre-literate societies show a low capacity for introspection. The invention of the printing press, which allows reading alone, heightens introspective capacity; the appearance of the romantic novel was a powerful stimulus for the reader to empathize with the main characters. The steam engine Read more…

The bond of attachment and its consequences for the human psyche

Attachment theory is currently one of the most interesting theories in the field of childhood. Their main parameters are derived from psychoanalysis, ethology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Attachment theory provides new concepts about the origin of the human psyche. In this sense, it helps us Read more…

Jean Laplanche: the refoundation of Freudian thought

Recently deceased J. Laplanche made important contributions to the Psychoanalytical Theory, which are explored in this article. In an in-depth study of texts by Sigmund Freud, Laplanche clarified ambiguities, reformulated concepts without undermining fundamental theories. Retrieving the Theory of Seduction, abandoned by Freud in 1897, Read more…

El múltiple interés de la hipótesis acerca de la pulsión de muerte

Se efectúa una revisión de la última teoría pulsional freudiana, diferenciando sus dos versiones de la pulsión de muerte, esto es, como compulsión de repetición (Freud,1920) y la traducida en pulsiones agresivas o destructivas (Freud, 1923). Se trata de dos descripciones diferentes, conectadas entre sí Read more…

The game, beyond the pleasure principle, the death drive and the psychoanalytic space

Starting from the Freudian term of the 1920s, the article relates the game of the fort-da with the conceptualization of the death drive in a theoretical level and the psychoanalytical thought and space in a practical level, intertwined with the ability of symbolization that reflects Read more…

Group therapeutic work in mental health center

An experience of therapeutic groups We present the following considerations on a systematic psychotherapeutic work group in an adult mental health centre (CSMA), with youth and adults, which we organize annually as a psychotherapeutic resort, with a ratio of continuous work, offering the patients a Read more…

The postmodern sexuality. Changes in psychoanalytic theory and clinic

Human sexuality varies from one culture to another depending on the socio-historical context in which it develops. From sexuality of primitive man, linked to the cycle of fertilization, as in other animals, to western human sexuality, increasingly detached from reproduction, there is a giant leap. Read more…

Violencia: una manifestación de la perversidad

El autor se introduce en las manifestaciones de la violencia y la perversidad apoyándose en la etimología, porque comprende que el lenguaje es producto de la sedimentación de las experiencias intelectivo-afectivas de los hombres, para luego reencontrar dichos sentidos en la tarea terapéutica y reelaborarlos Read more…

The cotherapy. Its usefulness in psychotic transfers

Co-therapy is a very useful tool in solving particularly difficult cases by an institution with limited resources. The analysis of a real case-family allows for the assessment of the potential advantages of co-therapy. The presence of two therapists brings into the session the libidinal relationship Read more…