Reading Lacan’s Variations on the Standard Treatment
In 1954, just after the first year of Lacan’s infamous seminar, he was given the task of writing an entry on ‘Variations on the Standard Treatment’ for a psychoanalytic encyclopedia. The task is a loaded one since Lacan was already, at the time, in trouble for his variations on the standard psychoanalytic technique. In this fascinating paper, Lacan puts forward his criticisms of psychoanalytic technique and psychoanalytic training, giving detailed readings of the work of Anna Freud, Edward Glover, Michael and Alice Balint, Sandor Ferenczi, Wilhelm Reich, and Theodor Reik, Richard Sterba, and others. Through this prism, Lacan presents his vision of what is standard and what might constitute a variation in relation to a specifically psychoanalytic cure, as well as, raising powerful questions about how psychoanalysis is successfully transmitted, or not, from one generation to another generation. I will do a close reading of this paper and elucidate some of the subtle clinical insights in it unique to Lacan.
Jamieson Webster Ph.D.
Jamieson Webster is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York where she works with children, adolescents, and adults. A graduate of IPTAR, she teaches at Eugene Lang College, as well as, supervising graduate students through City University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. She has written for Apology, Cabinet, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Playboy, The New York Times, as well as, for many psychoanalytic publications. The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis is published with Karnac (2011). Stay, Illusion!– written with Simon Critchley- is published with Pantheon Books (2013). She is currently working on The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan, and a new book, Conversion Disorder.
- Understand the situation of psychoanalysis in the mid 1950s and the problems that beset questions of psychoanalytic technique.
- Delineate how one thinks of what is standard in treatment and then what might constitute a variation, including how these are often confused with power in institutes and training, as opposed to, what is necessary in a clinical situation
- 3. Understand some of the clinical implications of Lacan’s thinking, especially in his reading of the Rat Man case and the place of interpretation in a psychoanalytic treatment.
Teaching Method: Lecture and Discussion.
Time & Location
Friday March 11th, 8-10pm
1651 3rd Ave – Suite 205
This program is open to all. Lacan’s paper is attached.
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