Translated by Margaret Whitford.
The intersubjective links in perversion†
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Volume 88, Issue 5, pages 1135–1152, October 2007
How to Cite
Eiguer, A. (2007), The intersubjective links in perversion. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88: 1135–1152. doi: 10.1516/ijpa.2007.1135
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Final version accepted 19 October 2006
- intersubjective link;
- pervert/victim-accomplice link;
- pervert/analyst link;
- force of attraction;
- formation of groups;
The author studies the intersubjective links which the pervert maintains with analyst or partner, attempting to indicate the differences between the investments in each case. Rather than accepting that empathy towards these patients is impossible to achieve and disturbs the countertransference profoundly, it attempts to show that these difficulties may be overcome if they are reinterpreted in the light of the theory of the intersubjective link. The author examines the theories and the practice of intersubjectivity and gives a definition of his approach to the link between two subjects. He applies these ideas to the case of a sexually masochistic female patient. The countertransference is marked successively by indifference, rejection and smothering. The analysis of the analyst's dream allows the situation to evolve. Failures in primary identification can result in domination over others and utilitarianism. The author examines the place of the challenge to the ‘Law’ and the father (in the attempt by the patient to put a theory to the test) in order to identify the figure of the witness in the pervert's intersubjective links. The desire of the transference would be marked by the figure of the witness rather than by that of the analyst as accomplice.