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The ever-present betrayal of Tiananmen

We live in an era that lionizes a love of beginnings. It is what media – and through it – imagination-strives for. But discovery, no matter how novel, is never original. It draws on the past. The challenge for the writer is to acknowledge that his story is rebuilt from the perspective of the present. […]

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The Unforeseen and unclassifiable in Psychoanalysis

Unforseen is, of course, a staple of analysis, and a welcome one at that. We don’t aspire to a forensic model of treatment, nor uniformity in either diagnosis, or analytic orientation and unfolding. Psychoanalysis starts from the position that there is no precise cure, but that we need different ways of living with ourselves, and […]

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The impossible in Psychoanalysis

In psychoanalysis, we are dealing with the unforseen-whether it is on the side of the patient or the analyst. And much of what we find, and what we are, is unclassifiable – not that it has no status or context within a praxis – a conceptual and practical model, of the human subject – it […]

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BORN ASTRIDE THE GRAVE: THE BODY OF CASTRATION IN TRAUMA AND THE SIGNIFIER

Clearly the subject needs a body to function, and psychoanalysis requires a body, preferably in the room, for an analysis to take place. That is the relationship between these two entities at its most simplistic. But there is, of course, much more. Psychoanalysis was born from the attempt to treat the mysterious connection between the […]

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Separation and Anxiety

The birth of the other we know is not just biological. It is psychological, depending on the forming of attachments and identifications and the modification, even dissolution, of these. One mechanism is separation – the necessary – un-cleaving – of foetus from the womb, neonate from the breast, developing infant from his or her omnipotence. […]

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THE SPEAKING BODY: THE PSYCHOANALYSIS OF GRAHAM GREENE

It is not possible to write well without reading. Reading is how writing is born – not because reading has to inform or provide information, but because it is in reading that the loose threads of what we wish to say emerge. The reading I have in mind is literary fiction, that is, language, which […]

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The Poetry of Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis cannot be taught but it can be transmitted: Which is to say that knowledge can be imparted by means other than pedagogy. What is this other means, and what is the knowledge? This is, in some ways a trick question, as the two can be considered different sides of the same coin, as both […]

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Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett All success is due to failure, and all advances in knowledge come about as a result of failed attempts. This is the reality of achievement. It is a truth that, once grasped, frees us to experiment and innovate –to discover, rather […]

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Men and the art of Motorcycles

I n 1948, Albert Camus wrote to his publisher Blanche Knopf asking if the sales of his novel, The Outsider, were as good as the reviews because “ je voudrais m’acheter une motocyclette” — he wanted to buy a motorcycle. He was not the first writer to be captured by the lure of two wheels. […]

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Walk on air against your better judgement

Freud loved and respected literature. He not only read the classics for inspiration, but credited novelists, such as Lytton Strachey, and Arthur Schnitzler, (upon whose writing Stanley Kubrick’s film, Eyes Wide Shut, is based), as best grasping his work. Despite striving for scientific precision, Freud famously admitted that his case studies read more like novellas, […]