Thursday Feb 01, 2024

The loss of illusions. How does the analyst mourn? - Marc Hebbrecht.

How does a psychoanalyst grapple with the sudden impact of a traumatic loss in their personal life, and how does it reverberate in their professional capacities? How do analysts navigate the challenges associated with illness or the inevitable effects of aging?Moving beyond the various losses in real life, analysts face the challenge of dealing with the loss and mourning of their illusions—illusions of immortality and invulnerability. Analysts are tasked with confronting their own finitude and limits, contemplating how to approach and address them.

In this podcast episode, Marc Hebbrecht delves into the nuanced scenarios of loss and disillusionment that psychoanalysts encounter throughout their careers, drawing insights from Nanni Moretti's film “La Camera del Figlio”, as an illustrative example.

Marc Hebbrecht is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is a full member, training analyst and current president of the Belgian Psychoanalytical Society (SBP). He lives in Tongeren, Belgium, and works in private practice and at the Leuven University Hospital for Psychiatry in Kortenberg, near Brussels. He was editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal of Psychoanalysis. He teaches psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the University of Leuven and integrative psychotherapy at the University of Antwerp. He has written several books and published in major international psychoanalytical journals. His areas of interest are dreams, narcissism, erotic transference and psychoanalytic nosography.

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This episode has been produced in collaboration with Julia-Flore Alibert.

This Podcast Series, published by the International Psychoanalytical Association, is part of the activities of the IPA Communication Committee and is produced by the IPA Podcast Editorial Team.

Head of the Podcast Editorial Team: Gaetano Pellegrini.
Editing and Post-Production: Massimiliano Guerrieri.


This episode is available also in French

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