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Lambertucci-Mann, S. (2020). Analyse interminable ? L'Ă©laboration de la haine au cours d'une cure. Rev. fr. psychanal., 84(3):619-629.

(2020). Revue française de psychanalyse, 84(3):619-629

Analyse interminable ? L'élaboration de la haine au cours d'une cure

(Interminable Analysis? The Working-Through of Hate in the Course of an Analysis)

Sabina Lambertucci-Mann

Starting from the question of the terminations of psychoanalytic treatments, the author wonders how the end of an analysis can be envisaged. Is it always necessary to fix a term? And how? Patients who present severe ego-distortions, or even ego-restrictions, make it possible to differentiate between an end of the analysis and a cessation of the analysis. In certain cases, the end of treatment will be less obvious and the analysis will be in danger just as much of becoming interminable as of being broken off without a real end. The author presents a sequence from the analysis of a female patient who, in the very first sessions, expressed her wish to never end her analysis. The guiding thread of this treatment was to follow and understand the affect of hate driving it and immobilizing her psychic functioning, revealing the harmful effects of a compulsion to repeat. The utilization of her mother tongue in the sessions, which proved to be a real transference lever in this analysis, facilitated the transition towards triangulation. Thus the working-through of hate enabled the patient to give a meaning to her memories and to begin a real work of mourning her childhood objects, thereby allowing her to progress towards an end of the analysis.

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