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La psychanalyse existe

Luxembourg, le 29 septembre 2014
La Commission parlementaire de la Santé, de l’Égalité des chances et du Sport va bientôt adopter une législation sur les psychothérapies dont l’effet – et peut-être l’intention – est de dépouiller une profession de sa diversité.
Cette diversité est officiellement affichée, de même que les intérêts des patients qui doivent être protégés d’apparents graves dangers de thérapeutes travaillant hors du cadre d’une « science » définie nulle part.
Mais de fait, les conditions d’accès à la formation, au titre et à la profession postulées par la nouvelle loi excluent, sans autre détour, tout psychothérapeute qui ne soit ni médecin, ni psychologue, ou qui n’ait pas fait ses études de psychothérapie à l’Université du Luxembourg. […]
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The Other Scene

The Other Scene

We are very happy to announce the first issue of the internet journal The Other Scene.

The aim of The Other Scene is to publish papers on psychoanalysis and on the different applications of psychoanalysis in a variety of intellectual and artistic pursuits such as literature, film and other arts, sociology and political theory, philosophy and pedagogy: anywhere it can be seen as relevant.

Obviously, psychoanalysis started as a therapeutic practice and it still has its foundation in this practice. However, as Freud pointed out already in 1926: “The use of analysis for the treatment of the neuroses is only one of its applications; the future will perhaps show that it is not the most important one .” (“The question of lay analysis.” SE, 20: 179-250.)

Furthermore, psychoanalysis is itself shaped by its proximity to the various arts and sciences.

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Psychothérapies sans risques

(Le texte qui suit a originellement paru dans le mensuel luxembourgeois Forum, n° 320, juillet 2012.)

Sans RisquesUn nouveau spectre hante le Luxembourg. Après les médecins fripons et les enseignants fainéants, voici donc le fléau des psychothérapeutes dangereux.

Ce danger est-il récent ? S’est-il renforcé progressivement au cours des dernières décennies ? Y a-t-il eu des blessés ? Des morts ? Des personnes se sont-elles plaintes auprès de la police ? Des jugements ont-ils été émis contre des malversations ou des fautes professionnelles ? Et quelqu’un a-t-il relevé ces faits, dressé des listes, établi des statistiques ?

Assurément, il n’est pas difficile de se sentir pris de vertige, à feuilleter les rubriques ‘psychologues’ ou ‘psychothérapeutes’ des pages jaunes nationales. […]
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J. Edgar – sharp dressed man

During an evening out at the club, J. Edgar Hoover suddenly urges his friend and lover Clyde Tolson to leave in a hurry. They just came from a movie that was of important symbolic value:  Hollywood had eventually shifted from the sympathetic gangster hero to the heroic police officer. Hoover feels so gratified by what he considers to be a public recognition of his work that during the ride home, he holds his lover’s hand. The gesture has a slight scent of provocation since his mother, Anne, sitting in front of the car, could not but notice. And she would pay him back for this daring move soon enough.


That evening though, nothing seemed to stop J.
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A Dangerous Method

True to historic facts, Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method holds some interesting surprises – naturally, considering the director and the actors’ work on the subtlest staging details. (See the Cronenberg interview).
Some of those details lie on the more comical side, such as Freud’s character.
So far I had imagined Freud in different ways, but the idea of a Viennese cigar-munching Godfather had not occurred to me. Cronenberg’s Freud comes across as a slow talking, sometimes cynical, sometimes despicable plotter of institutional schemes. A hard-nosed professional subversive who seems impressed only by the ever-growing anti-semitism that besieges him and his new science. And when Jung finally falls out of favour, the only sense that comes to Freud’s mind is his designated successor’s « Aryanism ».
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