GIEP-NLS: Report on the Knottings Seminar of the NLS, Tel Aviv

Seminar of the NLS – Tel Aviv:

 Discreet Signs in Ordinary Psychoses. Clinic
and Treatment


By Malka
member of the GIEP-NLS


The seminar
was held at Beit Zionei America at the center of lively Tel Aviv, on 19th May 2015.

The opening
remarks were given by Jacques Borie, a member of the ECF and the NLS; three clinical
presentations by: Lynn Gaillard, NLS and Asreep member, Anne Edan,  Asreep
member and Yair Zivoni, GIEP member. Susana Huler and Marco
Mauas, members of NLS-GIEP concluded the seminar with some remarks about ordinary psychosis.


in his lecture entitled "To take interest
in small things
" argued that ordinary psychosis is not about delusion or
hallucination; it has to do with small and discreet signs and signals. Ordinary
psychosis marks the end of differential diagnosis by classification. The
passage from the logic of articulation to the other logic of a sign turns
directly to a certain subject. No more meaning leaning upon articulation but
elementary phenomenon, which touches the body as well as language. As
opposed to the psychoanalytic tradition that approaches from the meaning of
things, emphasis is now on how to get along with it, and on the multiple
variations of language, and it has a linkage to quantity. With classic Lacan we
thought about the name of the father as universal. Ordinary psychosis teaches
that the function of the name of the father is actually what most escapes from
the universal, the function of the name of the father did not disappear but has
to be thought of as the most intimate, almost impossible to be interpreted. Maybe
the most real. The psychoanalyst, said Jacques Borie , must become the
subjects' partner, an active partner who searches and emphasizes details and
incarnates in presence the function itself. The problem in our era is the
unstable status of jouissance. What means that in our practice we should focus
not on meaning but on the use.

clinical presentations:

Lynn Gaillard presented an adolescent analysand for whom some life events sealed
the foreclosure of the name of the father. 
Through a particular sport she creates a body for herself whereby the partner functions as
the stopper of castration.  When her solution fails, a set of circumstances brings on
panic attacks. During analysis, interpretations of meaning fall into the hole
and Lynn accompanies and follows her in her search to build herself around the


Anne Edan presented a teenager at risk. She was
hospitalized at a crisis center for adolescents in Geneva by her mother who was worried
by her anorexia.  Anne reported
about various questions which arose during hospitalization: curing the anorexia
caused a diminishing in the taste for life, questions of diagnosis based on
discreet signs, remarks about direction of the treatment and the articulation of what
can be offered to her by the psychoanalyst, which included also a stopping
point, the only one possible for the subject.

Yair Zivoni presented a case of a psychotic
subject. Yair attributes therapeutic effects to his position as related to
love. Yair said: "I didn’t feel I have a lot to give him, except for
telling him: yes".  A father as such
is a father of love he says. (In Hebrew the word father includes the letters of
the word love
א(ה)ב(ה)  )


2 remarks
about ordinary psychosis.

Susana Huler pointed out changes in methods of working with
psychosis in the Freudian field and demonstrated it with clinical vignettes.
She argued that with Lacan's introduction of the two tools of the Borromean knots
and the sinthome and J-A Miller's explanation of how these tools are linked to lalangue,
the Freudian field had begun working with psychosis in a significantly new way.
As to the question raised in the 1990s with members of the clinical section in
Angers, France, whereas clinical practice with 'neo-psychosis' generated a
'neo-stance' for analysts or had the analysts' 'neo-stance' generated a
'neo-transference' with psychosis? She argues it’s very hard to answer but no
doubt everything had changed. The search for the non-existent
coming-up-against-the-one-father event was then set aside in favor of listening
for disconnections, for the dropping of identifications and for particular
physical phenomena. The psychoanalytic function is to provide shelter to the
homeless, a guest with respect to discourse, moreover, who has brought a
gift, the invention he has brought with him. She also said that one of the
great virtues of the Lacanian field's deep study into common psychosis is that
it not only it enables us to offer a psychoanalytic response to those others who
ask for analysis who are not neurotics, but it also enables us to update our
mode of work to the needs of our new era


Marco Mauas outlined the history of psychoanalysis in terms
of a shift from phenomenology to structure and back to phenomenology. With
respect to the first staff meeting of the Arabic-Hebrew center for children and
their others in Haifa, Marco quoted Miller's suggestion to the c.p.c.t. :
"to emphasize phenomenology, in the direction of Clérambault, and to
restrain pressure and expectations towards diagnosis".  Marco found this very useful together with
another remark  by Miller when he mentioned a seminar he gave at the ECF
about the ordinary psychosis of the Wolf-man: "for a year some argued that he
was neurotic, and others argued he was psychotic, my pleasure was to keep that on
hold, because the question aroused great interest and interesting remarks from my
colleagues". Marco found in that the same analytic formation effect as
caused by the question-hole: "what is a psychoanalyst"? 



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