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About Psychoanalysis

About Lacanian Psychoanalysis:

There are many things that make psychoanalysis different from other forms of psychotherapy, and things that make Lacanian psychoanalysis a unique experience within the psychoanalytic field.

The main thing which makes psychoanalysis distinct is that it is governed by principles, not standards or rules.

What this means is that psychoanalysts use a set of principles they have internalized to treat a person who comes to analysis, but the ways these principles are used will be totally unique to each individual –there is no “standard” when it comes to psychoanalysis.

What analysis seeks to do is provide people with an experience within which they will be asked to speak as freely as they can and an analyst will listen attentively as they are able to.

Occasionally the analyst will say something in response to what the analysand (i.e. the patient) has said. Often the analyst will highlight an aspect of the analysand’s speech that seems important or interesting, other times the analyst will interpret something about an aspect of the analysand’s speech that communicates more than the analysand meant to.

If the analysand finds value in this sort of experience they will keep coming to sessions. 

  • How long will analysis take? It depends.
  • How many times will a person come to analysis in a week? It depends.
  • Will a person lay down on a couch or sit in a chair? It depends.
  • Will the analysis be done online, in person, or a combination of both of these? It depends. 

Each and every experience of psychoanalysis is unique, so there is no way to tell anyone exactly what their experience will be beforehand. Be that as it may, understanding some of the principles that animate psychoanalysis can give a person a very general idea of what they might expect.