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Introductory Teaching Seminar




Conducted by Florencia F.C. Shanahan

Fee: €30 (all three meetings)

via Zoom & in person if health recommendations allow it.

Sigmund Freud, who invented psychoanalysis, stated it is “the name 1) of a procedure for the investigation of mental processes which are almost inaccessible in any other way, (2) of a method (based upon that investigation) for the treatment of neurotic disorders and (3) of a collection of psychological information obtained along those lines, which is gradually being accumulated into a new scientific discipline.”[i]


Jacques Lacan defined psychoanalysis as a praxis, namely, “to treat the real by the symbolic,”[ii] and also as a discourse, a new form of “social bond.”[iii] The end of an analysis, both its logical ending and its aim, is determined by and accounts for what it produced in its experience.


In the Lacanian Orientation[iv], psychoanalysis is not psychotherapy. It is even the opposite to it. This does not mean that psychoanalysis is not applied in a variety of settings where its efficacy has been demonstrated. What is the mainspring of it? “What must there be in the analyst’s desire for it to operate in a correct way?”[v]


This seminar will explore the clinical implications of Lacan’s teaching in his ‘return to Freud’ and also in his going beyond.

[i] Freud, S., Two Encyclopaedia Articles, 1922.

[ii] Lacan, J., Seminar XI, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, 1964, p. 6.

[iii] Lacan, J., Seminar XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis, 1969.

[iv] Miller, J.-A., The Lacanian Orientation. Teaching delivered at the University of Paris 8. 1981-2011.

[v] Lacan, J., Seminar XI, op. cit., p. 9.

Reading: – “Lay Analysis”, S. Freud – “True Psychoanalysis, and False”, J. Lacan – “Pure Psychoanalysis, Applied Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy”, J.-A. Miller