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Hall, G. (2009). Le Désir de Vivre: An Introduction to the Life and Work of Françoise Dolto. Brit. J. Psychother., 25(3):312-330.

(2009). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 25(3):312-330

Le Désir de Vivre: An Introduction to the Life and Work of Françoise Dolto

Guy Hall

This paper serves as a brief introduction into the life and works of the French psychoanalyst, Françoise Dolto. Although acclaimed around the world, she is almost unknown in the United Kingdom as most of her books are not available in translation. It is suggested that this omission is largely due to the complicated post-war politics amongst Parisian psychoanalytic organizations and with the IPA. With reference to four questions, it is hoped that this paper will stimulate a greater interest into her life, her theoretical ideas and her clinical work, so that they become better known and her contribution to psychoanalysis can receive the recognition it deserves.

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