Child theory and practice: The psychoanalysis of the future?


After many years of practicing with children, we realize its purpose remains ambiguous. As psychoanalysts, we are interested in rethinking the elements and variables within the psychoanalytic framework today. An introduction on the specific use of time as a valuable element rises above any other, and, towards the end, we formulate a hypothesis on children as an essential element for the future of Psychoanalysis.

time, children, psychoanalysis, future

[Automatic translation from Spanish]:

Although this may sound very complicated, we understand that working with children shows us that the use of time is crucial and, above all, possible. The defining time in an analysis is not the time we already have, but the time that is created. We can even call it the time it is historied. The interesting thing is that it will always be new because it modifies the existing temporality, colliding with its main characteristic: continuity. This means that it is possible to enter a gap, a distance (hyancia), where ordinary temporality skyrocketed. In addition, if we have learned that the symptom finds someone in the same usual place, then the precise use of time over space is privileged to stop repetition. Not only because it can give someone the chance to change schemes, but also because no one will ever return to the previous stages, nor will it restore them. Lacan on «The function and field of words and language in psychoanalysis» says:[…]

Julieta Lucero, Florencia Bernthal
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