‘Subversive’ role of the analyst in homogenizing societies


The process of a person’s construction requires the meeting between two universes of meaning: the parental functions and the infant’s desires; a meeting in which the mystery of both is tolerated and the mutual discovery comes from an invitation and not an invasion. This task, however, meets with opposition from the non-mental parts of the personality that resist learning from experience. This opposition creates a landscape favourable to the germination of propaganda, prejudices, groupthink and fanaticism, occasionally stimulated by the media. In a mass society which promotes nonmental functions, the work of a psychoanalyst is almost subversive.

fanaticism, fashion, prejudice, thought, subversion.

Carlos Tabbia 
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