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Chiarandini, I.C. (1994). Psicoanalisis De La Pareja Matrimonial. By Janine Puget and Isidoro Berenstein. Buenos Aires: Paidos, 1988, 231 pp.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:271-277.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:271-277

Psicoanalisis De La Pareja Matrimonial. By Janine Puget and Isidoro Berenstein. Buenos Aires: Paidos, 1988, 231 pp.

Review by:
Irene Cairo Chiarandini, M.D.

Psicoanalisis de la Pareja Matrimonial (Psychoanalysis of the Marital Couple) is a profound psychoanalytic exploration of that most complex interpersonal bond. The work reflects the harmony of a psychoanalytic collaboration that extends back to many years of highly original work by both its authors.

Janine Puget and Isidoro Berenstein (both Training and Supervising analysts at APDEBA, the Buenos Aires Association, and also members of the Argentine Association for Family and Group Psychotherapy; Puget is its founder) ground many of their ideas on those of European and South American authors. In their challenging and rich work, they distinguish between internal and external worlds, between intrasubjective object relations, and intersubjective links (from the French lien), adding the idea of the transubjective to include the unconscious registration of sociocultural models. They define the individual using in the Spanish text "el Yo"—the "I"—as the ego of Freud's early writings (prior to the structural model) in what for American readers might translate best as the person or the subject. When they speak of the relations between one Yo and another, their use of the term is informed by their profound immersion in French philosophical and psychoanalytic thought. This Yo (le moi) is defined as the subject—the site or originator of the wish—a focus that reminds us of its subjectivity: it is from such subjectivity that it relates, within the marital couple, on a physical, emotional, verbal, social, and economic level to another highly complex Yo I-subject.

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