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Martin-Vallas, F. (2009). From End Time to the Time of the End: Some Reflections about the Emergence of Subjectivity. J. Anal. Psychol., 54(4):441-460.

(2009). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 54(4):441-460


From End Time to the Time of the End: Some Reflections about the Emergence of Subjectivity

Francois Martin-Vallas

Translated from the French by
Leslie de Galbert

In this article, the author presents the first ten years of the analysis of a young patient who just barely escaped an onset of schizophrenia. The patient showed defences of the self that had been frozen with regard to his relationship to time, and had shut him outside of any rapport with time, forcing him to seek—as desperately as unconsciously—a ‘time of the end’, a present time.

He explores different ‘lived times’: circular and linear times that are both classical in Jungian theory; he then describes what he calls subjective linear ‘lived time’ as a modality for opening up instinctual objectivity to subjectivity's access to the symbolic. In his theorization of this passage, he uses the Greek notion of Kairos as well as the French psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche's theory of originary seduction.

Finally, he ties this transition to recent theories in physics of complex systems, also called chaos theory, and poses the hypothesis that this model can represent two essential qualities of subjectivity: its non-predictability and its non-reproductability.

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