Recent Submissions

  • Psychoanalysis: a mapping out, turning the symbolic inside out 

    Ball, Terry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2015)
    This paper considers the notion of psychoanalysis as a ‘mapping out' which was put forward by Lacan in his 24th Seminar, L'insu que sait de l'une bévue s'aile à mourre. The implied synonyms for ‘mapping out', such as, ...
  • Lacan and the Sophist - indications of the logic of the subject 

    O'Donnell, Barry (Psychoanalytische Perspectieven, 2000)
    In the Seminar Crucial Problems for Psychoanalysis Lacan suggests that the logical conditions for the subsistence of the subject are indicated in Plato’s Sophist. Lacan argues that the same conditions are necessary for ...
  • Love in Plato's Symposium and Lacan's Transference seminar 

    Ball, Terry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2011)
    This article focuses on Lacan’s eighth seminar on Transference, specifically his references to Plato’s Symposium, and more particularly the attention he pays therein to the interaction and dialogue between Alcibiades, ...
  • Toxicomania and psychoanalytic treatment: double trouble 

    Loose, Rik (JCFAR, 1997)
    In Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious Freud analyses the technique of a joke about a dipsomaniac tutor. The joke goes as follows: ‘A man who had taken to the drink supported himself by tutoring in a small town. ...
  • Forging a new template : proposing a more effective way of working with drug users 

    Byrne, Declan; Loose, Rik (Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP), 2007)
    Addiction is characterised by a sense of urgency or immediacy and it concerns a need to feel good, to be without pain or even to acquire an ideal state of feeling. But are these needs not something that most people can ...
  • The subject of addiction 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2002)
    The earliest evidence of psychoactive drug use and knowledge of hallucinogenic plants dates back some 13,000 years. Most early forms of religion used drugs in an attempt to gain divine knowledge. Drugs and drug use are an ...
  • A Gross episode 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1999)
    In three letters written by Freud in 1908 and addressed to Jung, references were made to the addiction of their colleague, the rebellious and burlesque Otto Gross. It is most peculiar that these references are not mentioned ...
  • A review of Freud's early remarks on addiction : introduction from an ideal to masturbation 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1998)
    It is a remarkable fact that there is no real substantial psychoanalytic theory of addiction, especially given that Freud had clinical experience of working with addicts. This fact is even more remarkable when you know ...
  • Lacan for beginners 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1998)
    Is it misguided to write a 'beginners book' on a thinker as complex, obscure, fluid and rich as Lacan? It depends perhaps, on to whom the book is addressed. In the opening to the French edition of the Ecrits, Lacan states ...
  • Libido and toxic substance 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1996)
    Despite Freud's tendency to deny this, there can be little doubt that the Cocaine Episode was an important part of his scientific and therapeutic work. Elsewhere we have proposed a reading of Freud's Cocaine Papers which ...
  • Some short odds on gambling : a psychoanalytic approach 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1995)
    We often consider gambling to be dangerous in the same way as drugs and alcohol: It is something to which we can become addicted. The destruction and deterioration caused by addictions reveals a similar pattern and is ...
  • A case of hysteria ? 

    Loose, Rik; Sullivan, Gerry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1995)
    In 1896 Freud proposed the theory that hysterical obsessive neurosis was caused by an actual sexual encounter between father and child. The first hint of a movement away from the seduction theory came on 8 February, 1897 ...
  • Analytical discourse and scientific discourse : a difference in responsibility 

    Loose, Rik (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1994)
    What is worth knowing has a special place in the discourse of analysis and it is something that is difficult to transmit. In psychoanalysis, knowledge, S2, is related to truth; it occupies the place of truth in its discourse ...
  • What might a School be? 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2010)
    This paper is a response to Lacan 's reference to the ancient philosophical schools when he was launching the school in 1964. It aims to shed light on the reference through a consideration of material which describes the ...
  • Towards the difference between neurosis and psychosis 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2009)
    This paper recommends that clinicians attempting to differentiate the structures of neurosis and psychosis take account of Freud's thinking on the mental act of negation, based on his clinical practice, as well as Jacques ...
  • Symptom and anxiety 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2004)
    What follows is the text of a talk presented at the sixth annual conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups held in Omaha, Nebraska in September 2004. The APW began several years ago with the aim of providing ...
  • Reading Plato's Symposium 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1997)
    Lacan decided that an analysis of the Symposium of Plato in his Seminar of 1960 - 1961 would be an illuminating detour by which to investigate the transference relation in psychoanalysis. This investigation centred on the ...
  • Plato's good for Lacan 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1998)
    This paper is about sex. And if it is about sex, it is about number. In the final weeks of the Seminar entitled Crucial Problems for Psychoanalysis Lacan identifies what has been a theme, perhaps the major one, of that ...
  • Memory and phantasy 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 1999)
    There is a presupposition in the term 'false memory syndrome' that there are memories that are true and memories that are false; that a false memory is something fabricated and that it therefore has no bearing on the truth; ...
  • Lacan's invention 

    O'Donnell, Barry (The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH, 2006)
    Lacan was always concerned with what was distinctive about psychoanalysis, with what is new with psychoanalysis, and why it is justifiable to speak of the Freudian discovery. This concern occupied him no less in Les non-dupes ...

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