translated by Barbara P. Fulks
I. COUNTERTRANSFERENCE AND EMPATHY
1. STRUCTURATION OF COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
We are going to follow the set up of countertransference, its structuration.1
We have not finished with countertransference for three reasons. First, this term gives us the key to the logic of the history of psychoanalysis. Countertransference itself is not this key, but it allows us to take the key in hand, to construct the logic of the history of psychoanalysis. Secondly, the term countertransference also gives us a perspective on Lacan's teaching, a perspective which is so powerful that his teaching, incessantly modulated in diverse forms, can seem to us like a rejection of countertransference. Thirdly, from this fact, the reference to countertransference offers us the means to respond today, with a fresh look, to the question, "What does it mean to be a Lacanian?"2
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We laugh here quite often, rather often, perhaps too often, as we read other psychoanalysts, in particular their accounts of cases, the tales they bring us of their interventions, the narration of their states of mind, of their emotional or thought-provoking, I might say, experiences, and their theoretical elaborations on this topic.
This laughter is a fact, and it probably explains the prejudice we nourish of the superiority of our technique and our clinical practice. This laughter points out and reflects the fact that we think we have the blueprint of the house in which we see our colleagues making themselves the bosses.
I'm not saying this laughter is illegitimate. Nevertheless, here and now, this laughter is an epistemological obstacle inasmuch as we have undertaken to teach ourselves what constitutes psychoanalysis at the present time; that is to say we are attempting, if I might use the expression, a conceptual reunification.
* L'orientation lacanienne III, 4: 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2002, Dept. of Psychoanalysis Paris VIII. See "Un médium malléable," 3 April 2002.
1. Jacques-Alain Miller approached countertransference in January and February 2002 in "Réflexions sur le moment présent."
2. Miller, J-A. "Qu'est-ce qu'être lacanien?". Quarto 74, Bruxelles, ECF. 2001, p. 6-14.
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