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November 26, 2020  

Udo Hock: Distortion/Entstellung: a fundamental concept of psychoanalysis.

In this episode Udo Hock will present his paper on the notion of “distortion” in psychoanalysis. He has been working for many years on this notion that has been neglected by post-Freudian authors: the “Distortion” or “Disfigurement”, “Entstellung” in German. In his podcast he will show that the term has the status of a fundamental concept in Freud's work. It characterizes the method, the metapsychological concepts as well as the technique of psychoanalysis which is in the tradition of Freud. It is a guideline not only for our clinical work, but also for our thinking on the Unconscious.

After studies in Berlin and Paris, Udo Hock worked as a psychoanalyst in private practice in Berlin. He is member of the Publications Committee of the IPA; member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation "Jean Laplanche“ in Paris; translator and editor of the work of Jean Laplanche into German; coeditor of the German psychoanalytical journal “Psyche” and lecturer at the International Psychoanalytical University of Berlin. He has written many articles about the classical themes of psychoanalysis, as the concepts of “Drive”, “Time”, “Infantile Sexuality”, “Transference”, “Repetition”, “Cover Memory”- and on the work of Jean Laplanche. He is the author of the book “Thinking the Unconscious: Repetition and Death Drive“ published in German in 2012.

Link to the paper

This episode is available also in German and French

November 19, 2020  

Luis Martin Cabré - Ferenczi’s Legacy in Winnicott’s Work.

In this episode Luis Martin Cabré will show the influence that Ferenczi's thinking about the feminine and the child mind (especially in some of his clinical experiences and theoretical intuitions) had on the development of many of the concepts that Winnicott established in psychoanalytic thought, and which have endured to the present day.

Since, as in Winnicott's case, Ferenczi was practically excluded from readings and discussions among analysts for many years, the hypothesis is that psychoanalytic transmission is not only carried out from reflection and theoretical study but also on an unconscious level and transgenerational manner.

Luis Martin Cabré is past President and full member (with didactic functions) at the Asociación Psicoanalítica de Madrid (APM). He is full member of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and an accredited member as a child and adolescent psychoanalyst. He is also a full member of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents, Founding member of the International Foundation "Sándor Ferenczi" and member of the European Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the American Journal of Psychonalysis. Further to this he is the European Representative on the IPA Board (between 2015-2019) and collaborating member of the Instituto Universitario de Salud Mental - IUSAM.

Link to the paper


This episode is available also in Spanish and Italian.


November 11, 2020  

Julia Kristeva - Not Only is There no such Thing as Perversion, moreover we are all Perverse by the Mother-version.

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In today’s episode Julia Kristeva will comment on Ilse and Robért Barande’s report, presented at the 42nd Congress of French Speaking Psychoanalysis in 1982 with the title “Antinomies in the concept of perversion and paradoxes in its application to psychoanalytic theory and practice”.  A new short version will be published in one of the next issues of the Revue Française de psychanalyse for which she has written the introduction. Indeed, she found this report to be “provocative, heavy-handed and of obvious interest in our contemporary times of pandemic and lock down”.


Madame Julia Kristeva is a prolific author, training psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris and emeritus professor at the University of Paris 7. Among many books we will only mention a few: Black Sun, A Trilogy; Female Genius: Hanna Arendt; Melanie Klein and Colette; Powers of Horror; Tales of Love; New Maladies of the Soul; Hatred and Forgiveness. Her last book, Dostoyevsky, came out in 2019.

This episode is available also in French

November 5, 2020  

Claudio Neri - Vitality, Vitalism and Shame.

In this episode, Claudio Neri presents his article on "Vitality, Vitalism and Shame". Through a rich narrative, ranging from the memory of his encounter with Bion, to ethnopsychological studies on expressions of anger or joy, to the Myth of Anteo that shows the importance of contact with a safe and revitalizing object, Claudio Neri raises two questions: how can we distinguish natural vitality from exasperated vitalism? And what role does shame play in this presenting itself to others without the armor of one's own defenses?

If enthusiasm is contagious, it is possible, however, to observe how sometimes some individuals may not tolerate being close to a vital subject.  The contagion effect, which emanates from the enthusiastic person, in fact puts them at risk of losing their balance. People who are depressed or very controlling, for example, may feel that the enthusiasm activates an aspect of themselves that they must strictly keep at bay.

What should the psychoanalyst finally do when the shame and the parade of embarrassment and fear are so intense as to prevent one of his patients from approaching vitalizing experiences?


Claudio Neri, MD, is Training and Supervising Analyst at the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, a founder member of the International Field Theory Association.

He is also a member of the the editorial board of the “European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling”;  “Revue de Psychothérapie Psychanalytique de Groupe”;  “Clínica y Análisis Grupal” and of the “Revista de Psicoànalisis de las Configuraciones Vinculares”.

He has published articles and books, primarily on the tecnique and theory of treatment. His work has been translated into six languages.

link to the paper



This episode is read by Brook Barbieri.


This episode is available also in Italian, Spanish, French.

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