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Diatkine, G. (2020). L'auto-analyse et les très longues cures. Rev. fr. psychanal., 84(3):641-651.

(2020). Revue française de psychanalyse, 84(3):641-651

L'auto-analyse, destin possible de la fin de la cure ?

L'auto-analyse et les très longues cures

(Self-Analysis and Very Long Analyses)

Gilbert Diatkine

In the most favourable cases, a patient's psychic growth continues after the end of his analysis thanks to self-analysis. This self-analysis is only a solitary process in appearance. It usually requires two transference objects: one in relation to which the self-analysis continues, the other to which the analyst addresses himself mentally, or sometimes in reality through correspondence. This second object plays a central role in maintaining the psychic topography. Its loss explains certain psychotic episodes and its reconstitution explains lasting recovery from such episodes. Some patients only find such an object with a psychoanalyst. In this case they are in analysis or psychotherapy all their lives but can at least lead a life that is worth being lived.

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