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sabato 22 ottobre 2016
Some analysands persistently ask "how can I change?", or "how to change?". This is understandable; however, representing the change is a way for eluding the analysis. Likely, the change is imagined as the substitution of a belief/behavior with another (more functional?) belief/behavior. But this has nothing to do with psychoanalysis. Instead, the very idea of change, or improvement, or substitution are feeding the loop, the repetition. If the fantasy (or the phantasme) is not analyzed, the change is just an acting out. The analysis instead allows to loose or to lose some belief, and to listen to the ambiguity of the speech rather than acting (out).
martedì 18 ottobre 2016
thinking about castration. I find interesting how the super heroes are normally represented without genitals, although they are actually "non-castrated" characters. They are non-castrated and then they have no fears. Indeed, it is only when they accept the castration that they can become human.
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lunedì 17 ottobre 2016
The day has come! And I am happy to say that my book is finally printed (and available on Amazon). Psychoanalysis in Hong Kong
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domenica 16 ottobre 2016
Superheroes are normally depicted as characters who can do anything. Actually, they can do almost nothing: they do not rest, laugh, have sex and/or tell a joke. They do not age and/or retire, and of course do not die. There may be many changes in their story, but finally all remains the same, there is no advancement in their life. They are superheroes because have defeated the unconscious.
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sabato 15 ottobre 2016
in the #obsessive discourse, the head is fought at least as much as it is needed. And being needed, it is experienced as a persecutor
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venerdì 14 ottobre 2016
giovedì 13 ottobre 2016
hysteric and obsessive discourses need a boss, head or master. Without a master (whom they blame) they would be lost
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mercoledì 12 ottobre 2016
When a person or a company face a #paralysis it is because something of the (unconscious) fantasm has not been analyzed. Over-thinking is just another name of the paralysis. Paralysis and over-thinking are the two sides of the same coin; in both cases there is a lack of analysis.
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sabato 8 ottobre 2016
#Seriousness is the sign of an effort; the effort to repress the #unconscious, the equivocal, the ambiguity, the misunderstanding
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venerdì 7 ottobre 2016
giovedì 6 ottobre 2016
The neurotic discourse shows as real, unambiguous and serious. It expresses clear and earnest thoughts. It concerns important topics. It is based on meaning or sense. Unsurprisingly, it is tedious, weighty and grave. The neurotic symptom indicates the impossible of such seriousness; it indicates something that is being repressed, something that is being unheard. Thus, the interpretation should not be clear and grave. Instead, it should insist on the misunderstanding; it should point out the equivocal of the signifier. Interpretation should aim at the irony and lightness.
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mercoledì 5 ottobre 2016
Disappointment is a rhetorical figure of the hysteric discourse. In a way, we could say that the hysteric never fails to be disappointed.
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martedì 4 ottobre 2016
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giovedì 29 settembre 2016
the #obsessive discourse greatly emphasises the #rules, even though the obsessive discourse itself shows the impossibility of the rules.
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mercoledì 28 settembre 2016
martedì 27 settembre 2016
the #rules, particularly in the #obsessive discourse, are to compensate a lack in the relation with the #Other
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lunedì 26 settembre 2016
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venerdì 23 settembre 2016
the #hysteric #discourse is well represented by the circle. It goes round and round, and back to the starting point
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giovedì 22 settembre 2016
Defining the psychoanalytic 'listening' is extremely difficult. However, I consider 'listening' as the very core of psychoanalysis and what distinguishes psychoanalysis from any other approach. A couple of days ago the journal "Research on Social Work Practice" published my paper on the development of a (psychoanalytic) listening scale. This uni-dimensional scale only represents a "early" stage toward a definition of psychoanalytic listening. Likely, psychoanalytic listening encompasses more dimensions, not just one. Nevertheless, this scale may represent a starting point. You can find the full article here: http://buff.ly/2cnSAWn
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mercoledì 21 settembre 2016
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lunedì 19 settembre 2016
When listening psychoanalytically (which by the way is for me the only listening) it is clear that the symptom is a 'compromise formation'. Far from being the problem, the symptom is instead an incredible resource. In some cases, we should even wish the symptom is not solved too soon.
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domenica 18 settembre 2016
What is shame ? Is it the feeling of having something less? No. Shame is the feeling of humiliation consequent to having desired; a horrible, unspeakable desire that could leak out to others. Shame is the personification of the subjective division: I desired, but I should be whole
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sabato 17 settembre 2016
venerdì 16 settembre 2016
In eroticism there is no mystery. There are no signs of any subjective division (e.g. questions, surprise, dream), as it is when the subject is overcome by the desire. In eroticism the object is clear, and it is already and always there, in foreground. Eroticism grounds on certainty!
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giovedì 15 settembre 2016
Sexuality is when the speech is seductive, not the subject. Eroticism is when the subject is seductive (although it is a seduction without the Other, which is represented). Pornography (which is the writing of the sale) is when the object is seductive.
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mercoledì 14 settembre 2016
martedì 13 settembre 2016
The object of pornography is not just an object that is available (passive, submitted) and gives pleasure. It is primarily an object that validate one's own fantasy (for example, by showing that he or she is receiving pleasure).
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lunedì 12 settembre 2016
Prostitution (and to some extent pornography) is attractive to some because the object seems to be always available, without interdict. Available: from avail + -able, meaning "at one's disposal, capable of being made use of". In this sense, prostitution is a fantasy of incest.
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domenica 11 settembre 2016
Certainty is an expression of the maternal fantasme, since "mater semper certa est" (the mother is always certain). The maternal fantasme is believing that there is only one version
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sabato 10 settembre 2016
the maternal fantasme can appear as fantasy of 'transmission' or 'program'. Transmission: as data transmission, as something that is transferred from one person to another, from one place to another, from a time to another, and/or from a generation to another. But also transmission as (e.g. tv) program. Program: as playing a script; but also as being programmed; finally, as not having one's own voice
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venerdì 9 settembre 2016
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lunedì 5 settembre 2016
#Experience is effect of the #writing because the speech is originary: we happen to say something that sur-prises us
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domenica 4 settembre 2016
Sustainability is the ability to "indefinitely" sustain (to hold, continue, keep up). On the one hand, sustain can e understood as "suffering" (th etymology seems to be similar). On the other hand, sustainability opposes any representation of the end; things do not terminate, life is not a circle where everything has a beginning and an end. In a time of consumerism when most things (i.e. goods and relationships) are imagined as short-term and replaceable, sustainability introduces a significant shift.
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sabato 3 settembre 2016
The writing of the experience is not the report of facts or thoughts. It is not a "report" at all. It is not a "recollection" of memories, statements, ideas, or beliefs. Freud: "my clinical cases read like novels". The "writing of the experience" means that something remains, something that is beyond the subject. It means that the writing (thus, the speech) is originary, and that the experience comes as a consequence of the speech. http://buff.ly/2c7bNYK
venerdì 2 settembre 2016
Schreber and “homo-sexuality”. Freud explains paranoia as the consequence of repressed homosexual fantasies; he then emphasize the “sexual” part of the term homo-sexuality. Conversely, Lacan suggests that homosexuality is a consequence of paranoia; he then insists on the “homo” part of the term, meaning the relation with the similar person or the specular image.
giovedì 1 settembre 2016
mercoledì 31 agosto 2016
In psychoanalisys one should avoid to give explanations. Either they are accepted or rejected (which is different than saying they are "correct" or "wrong") most likely they will only produce more resistance. Explanations operate at the level of the Ego.
To "explain" comes from "to make plain, to level, flatten". Indeed, full explanations (if anything like this exist) clear the question, flatten any doubts, speculations or curiosity. Consequence of a good explanation is that "there is nothing more to say". Conversely, the psychoanalytic experience shows that important is to continue speaking, telling, questioning, coming to new associations.
Imaginary is not where neurosis begins. Impossible the life without fantasy. Neurosis is the fixation of some specific fantasy
Anorexic wants one thing: nothing. It is different from not wanting anything.
Bulimics eat anything, only to see that nothing is valuable. Nothing makes the difference
Some say "Why me?" Is a typical jewish question. Asking "why me" has to do not just with one's own representation (e.g. the elected people; the culprit; etc) but most importantly with whom lies in the place of the Other. Often times this is a God, meaning it is to a God this question is frequently addressed to
Christ was the first to ask "Why (have you abandoned) me?". Then, this question has a different nuance and different relevance for Jewish and for Christians.
In the Old Testament, the story of Job beautifully presents some elements of the depressive discourse. To begin with, the search for meaning
It is a common experience that academic learning kills curiosity and creativity. The huge amount of information one has to study rarely provide new clues or ideas or bring to formulate further questions; after studying one easily feels full of knowledge but emptied of creative thinking and unable to make use of that knowledge. Instead, psychoanalysis proceeds by way of association, by combinatorial logic, by following the ambiguity of the signifier; it does not operate by way of explanation or clarification, but still there are effects of understanding. And this brings to new associations, new thoughts, new ideas, new questions.
Gaining knowledge is not what support or enhance the desire and rarely produce a change in psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis is not about factual (or philosophical, or logical) truth. Nevertheless, it is about truth.
How does psychoanalysis work? This question can be approached in many ways. For example, we can say that psychoanalysis works by changing linkers (e.g. whereas, therefore, despite) and connectors (e.g. although, but, because) among sentences
Contrary to psychology and psychotherapy, in psychoanalysis no academic certificates/titles can guarantee the goodness of our practice
Psychoanalysis is not a religion and does not require to be a "believer". Quite on the contrary, an analysis proceeds from uncertainties