Translated by Andrew Weller.
The therapeutic action of psychoanalysis
Version of Record online: 4 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Institute of Psychoanalysis
The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Volume 93, Issue 2, pages 427–442, April 2012
How to Cite
Brusset, B. (2012), The therapeutic action of psychoanalysis. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 93: 427–442. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00512.x
- Issue online: 4 APR 2012
- Version of Record online: 4 APR 2012
- (Final version accepted 15 September 2011)
- actual psychoanalysis;
- transformation psychique
Psychoanalysis does not seek to get rid of symptoms but to question them as witnesses of psychic functioning and as formations of the unconscious. Whatever their nature may be, it is a question of analysing their causes and their functions as they appear and develop during the course of the analytic process. The latter is activated by the transference relationship induced by the method within a specific setting. The aim is to bring about liberating psychic transformations. The extension of the indications and modifications in the expression of psychic suffering have led to the development of psychotherapies. Their relations with psychoanalysis proper have been evolving constantly since the first advances by Ferenczi. This long historical evolution has resulted in their redefinition. Psychoanalytic practices are currently considered to require, depending on the case, different settings and different modes of psychic involvement from the analyst. Contemporary psychoanalysis places emphasis on the internal setting of the analyst (thus his training), analysis of the countertransference, and the risk of anti-analytic aberrations.