Squares with Concentric Circles
Dream, Symptom, Fantasy: a Clinical Cases Seminar in the Aftermath of
Lacan’s Return to Freud
What is a case presentation? How does it differ from the presentation of a session? What is a note, taken in or after a session? What is it to speak to a Control or Supervising analyst about what was said, and what happened in a session? What is it to present the speech of the analysand session by session, and to take responsibility for one’s act as an analyst in each session insofar as the analytic act of the Candidate-Analyst or Analyst welcomes the response of the unconscious within the constraints of the transference? What is the effect of the analytic act, and how do we create and sustain the session as a space and time for the work of the unconscious? These questions will inform our work in seminar on the question of the psychoanalytic clinic in the aftermath of Lacan’s return to Freud.
As we work on ongoing clinical cases presented by the participants, the seminar will refer to the following readings: Chapter VII, “The Psychology of the Dream Processes” from Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, “History of an Infantile Neurosis,” “The Sense of the Symptom,” Lacan’s essay “The Direction of the Treatment and the Principle of its Power,” and “Beyond the ‘reality principle’” and Willy Apollon’s “The Dream in the Wake of the Freudian Rupture.”
The logic and experience of this seminar proposes and assumes a methodology and a praxis: our reading of Freud focuses on the ways in which Lacan’s writing in the Écrits transmits a savoir that orients clinical practice insofar as it welcomes the dream, symptom and unconscious formations as they break through and from a censored unconscious. In addition, we will consider how advances made by recent approaches to working with dreams in the clinic of psychosis, addiction, and other disorders and discontents of the speaking being shifts our understanding and conceptualization of the transference as regards a real at work within the body and psyche of the subject in contemporary clinical practice.
Apollon,W. (2007). “The Dream in the Wake of the Freudian Rupture,” in The Dreams of Interpretation, A Century Down the Royal Road. Eds. Catherine Liu, John Mowitt, Thomas Pepper, and Jakki Spicer. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (pp. 23-38).
Freud, S. The Interpretations of Dreams, Chapter VII, “The Psychology of the Dream Process,” Volume V, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Freud, S. (1918). “History of an Infantile Neurosis,” Volume XVII, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.
Freud, S (1917). “The Sense of the Symptom,” Volume XI, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.
Lacan, J. (2006). “Beyond the “Reality Principle,” Écrits, (2006). Trans. Bruce Fink. New York: Norton.
Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Analyst of the School
Dates and Times: Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, October 10, 2023 through June 20, 2024, 7-8:20 pm Pacific Time, with a break following the December 12 class until classes resume January 23, and no class March 26 (classes resume April 10)
Location: Online via Zoom
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD, (323) 930-9662, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Meyer, PhD is an Analyst of the School, Supervising analyst, Faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, and he is the current President and Chairman of the Board of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis. He is a member of the Freudian School of Québecm and a founding member of the California Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Québec. He has a private practice in psychoanalysis and consultation located in Los Angeles, California.
Tel: (323) 930-9662