Monday Nov 01, 2021

José Eduardo Fischbein - “The Body in The Psychoanalytic Session”.


This paper aims at categorizing two types of discourse with which the body is referred to. It is based on the model of psychic apparatus as presented in Chapter VII of The Interpretation of Dreams, using it as a conceptual instrument for reading the clinical material in the session. These are the discourse of the "evoked body" and the one on the "perceived body". The former historicizes memories and bodily experiences, while the latter alludes almost exclusively to the present of perception and the recording of what has been done.

The discourse of the evoked body corresponds to the field of defensive formations—the expression of a conflictive situation for the mind—, in which different types of acting psychic defences can be distinguished. It is a discourse on the body constructed by representations of the oedipal linking framework. The discourse of the perceived body conveys a body that focuses on references to the perception of economic excitatory aspects; it is rich in its allusions to sensations and experiences that have their axis in bodily functions. It talks about the perception of well-being vs. discomfort, pain vs. absence thereof, increasing tension or discharge processes.


Dr. José Eduardo Fischbein

MD from the University of Buenos Aires, graduated with Honours Diploma.

Specialist in Psychiatry, National Ministry of Health.

Full Member and Training  Analyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA), Latin American Federation of Psychoanalysis (FEPAL), International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA).

Specialized  in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, APA, FEPAL, IPA.

Master in Psychoanalysis, National University of La Matanza [UNLAM]

Elected Director of the Department of Psychosomatics of APA in several administrations, most recently from 2012 to 2016.

APA Vice President, 2018-2020

Chair of the Research Group "The body in the psychoanalytic session" (2010 - 2020)

He has published numerous articles (approx. 65) in Argentine and foreign reviewed journals (Int. J. Psychol., Revista de Psicoanálisis, APA; Psicoanálisis, APdeBA), as well as chapters in several books.


Link to the paper



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