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Pieczanski, N.L. Pieczanski, A. (2017). Introduction to E. Pichon Rivière's the Link and the Theory of the Three Ds (Depositant, Depositary and Deposited): Role and Status' by E. Pichon Rivière. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(1):171-175.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(1):171-175

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Introduction to E. Pichon Rivière's the Link and the Theory of the Three Ds (Depositant, Depositary and Deposited): Role and Status' by E. Pichon Rivière Related Papers

Nydia Lisman Pieczanski, M.D. and Alberto Pieczanski, M.D.

(Accepted for publication 6 December 2016)

The publication of Enrique Pichon Rivière's (1907-1977) papers is a long overdue accomplishment. To a great extent, this delay is ‘his own fault’ as he did not publish many papers in his lifetime, and indeed his personal style was to present his ideas in lectures and workshops in hospital and psychoanalytic societies’ meetings.

The paper published here, a classic of Pichon Rivière's, was compiled by one of his many students (as was the case with most of his work). In this case it was by Fernando Taragano who attended and recorded Pichon's classes.

The paper The Link and the Theory of the Three Ds (Depositant, Depositary, and Deposited): Role and Status’, is an edited transcript based on a recording made by Tarragano during Pichon's lecture series on ‘Methodology of the Interview’ which took place in 1956-57, at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association.

Transcripts of the lectures were first published in book format as: Teoría del vínculo. (Link theory) by Nueva Visión in Buenos Aires in 1980. In this collection the paper appeared as Chapter 11. To our knowledge, the only paper by Pichon published in English other than the one we are introducing, appeared in our edited collection, The Pioneers of Psychoanalysis in South America (Pichon Rivière, 2015).

Pichon was a naturalized Argentine psychiatrist and social psychologist. Together with Arnaldo Rascovsky, he became very interested in psychoanalysis and focused especially on reading Freud, Klein and Fairbairn. Together with European writers who had escaped the Second World War as well as Spain's civil war exiles, he founded the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association in December 1942.

He continued to become one of the most brilliant psychoanalytic thinkers in South America.

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