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Perelberg, R.J. (2006). The Controversial Discussions and après-coup. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 87(5):1199-1220.

(2006). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 87(5):1199-1220

The Controversial Discussions and après-coup Language Translation

Rosine Jozef Perelberg

The author suggests a distinction between what is descriptively named après-coup, and what is dynamically identified as après-coup. This parallels Freud's distinction between the descriptive unconscious and the dynamic unconscious in the topographical model of the mind. The descriptive après-coup refers to the way in which the concept has found a use, especially but not only in the French literature, to refer to retrospective signification in the moment-to-moment progress of a session. The author outlines dynamic après-coup and she suggests it is at the core of Freudian metapsychology. Dynamic après-coup establishes a link between trauma, castration, repetition compulsion, sexuality and temporality in the context of the transference.

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