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On Freud's "Splitting of the Ego in the Process of Defence"
Bokanowski, Thierry and Sergio Lewkowicz (Eds)
IPA and Routledge / Karnac Books / Softcover / 2009-12-01 / 1855757559
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This book includes the development of the concept of "splitting" from both metapsychological and clinical perspectives, emphasizing the great importance of this topic for contemporary psychoanalysis. Starting with the history of the concept, the book covers recent French, English and Latin American theorizations on the theme. In regard to clinical approaches it presents the relationship between the "splitting" and complex clinical cases such as borderline, perverse and psychosomatic conditions. The book also includes aspects of "splitting" and virtual reality, as well as in traumatic situations: factors so important in contemporary life. The premise behind this work was to invite authors from different regions and orientations to promote a fruitful debate on the theme, thus enriching one of Sigmund Freud's most seminal concepts.

A volume of the Contemporary Freud Series

Contributors: Ira Brenner, Gérard Bayle, Penelope Garvey, Stefano Bolognini, Julio Moreno, Thierry Bokanowski, Luis Kancyper, Raul Hartke, Louise Carignan, Rubén Zukerfeld

‘Freud’s 'Splitting of the Ego' shows his last thoughts especially concerning fetishism and psychosis, and it also enlightens his ideas on the non-unified structure of the ego. He focuses on the question of the relation between the ego and reality and introduces another model different from that of repression and the return of the repressed, by establishing the notion of disavowal as a specific psychic mechanism concerning the ego. The editors, Thierry Bokanowski and Sergio Lewkowicz, together with the contributors to this volume, accepted the challenge to consider Freudian ideas and their expansions and implications in contemporary psychoanalysis.’
- Leticia Glocer Fiorini

‘The introduction by Freud of the concept of splitting, followed by the changes incorporated by those who gave continuity to it having a direct implication for the concept of countertransference, via the notion of projective identification, made possible the formulation of other clinical ideas and approaches that before perhaps were unthinkable. We could cite the concepts of “analytic third” proposed by Ogden in 1994 and “analytic-pair” suggested by Antonino Ferro as fruits of this seminal concept. And among these we could also mention, for example, the notions of container/contained and revêrie. I believe we may end here by inviting the reader to read each one of the chapters with the utmost attention and bearing in mind that, thanks to the concept of splitting, today we can count on psychoanalytic theory and practice that is richer and, at the same time, more complex and challenging.’
- Elias Mallet da Rocha Barros


PART I - “Splitting of the Ego in the Process of Defence” (1940) Sigmund Freud

PART II - Discussion of “Splitting of the Ego in the Process of Defence”

About the Editors:

Thierry Bokanowski is a training and supervising analyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP) and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association; a former secretary of the executive committee of the Paris Psychoanalytical Institute; and former editor of the Revue Française de Psychanalyse, he is the current President of the Scientific Committee of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. He has published several papers in various psychoanalytical journals, including the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His books include "Sándor Ferenczi", and "De la pratique analytique", translated under the title "The Practice of Psychoanalysis" (catalogue number 22707).

Sérgio Lewkowicz is currently the Scientific Director of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Psychiatry and Training and Supervising Analyst for the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Publications Director of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Professor and Supervisor for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in the Psychiatry Department, Medical School of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Member of the IPA Publications Committee; Member of the Programme Committee of the 43rd Congress of the IPA in New Orleans (2004); former President of the Society of Psychiatry of Rio Grande do Sul; former Editor of the Psychiatry Journal of Rio Grande do Sul; and he has published papers on psychoanalytic technique.

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