“Revolutionary” baby, rite and family


Rites marks life cycles and social rhythms.  They are present in all areas of psychotherapy, especially in group psychotherapy.  However, the traditional rites surrounding birth are disappearing.  The hypothesis of this communication is based on the idea that the birth event provokes the rite because birth is an upheaval, a revolution, both for the newborn baby and for the family that welcomes the new member (into its fold).  Starting from a series of clinical examples Read more


The psychoanalytic approach of the baby observation in the family, what does it provide to the group?


The author explains why the observation of the newborn in the family, according to the method of Esther Bick, represents a resource for associative work and the group psychoanalysis.
It first illustrates the different types of observation and then he situates this procedure alongside a subjectivizing process and recalls the important role of observation in the institutional clinic.
The author then presentes this particular analytic formation, which follows the Read more


Bion in the nursery. The Three steps of an intersubjective theory


The author analyses Bion’s works evolution in regard to the relation between intersubjectivity and symbolization. Three books mark this evolution: Experiences in groups, Learning from experience and Attention and Interpretation. Firstly intersubjectivity is the field of symbolisation, secondly the condition of it and thirdly the cause of it, they are both so closed that they are condemned to move together. The same vignette, each time interpreted, illustrates in a nursery these three progressive manners to consider Read more


The emotional value of narrative and Infant Observation


Narration is defined between these two limits, historicizing and observation. Every narrative tends to be transformed into a history, every narrative is based on sensorial data and on the observation of others. Psychic temporality suitable for narration would not yet be that of historicizing, nor would it be the temporality of attention or observation. In this communication, we advance the hypothesis that narration introduces a kind of psychic temporality into bonds in order to face the “outside-of-time” of very primitive anxieties. Using clinical data from work with babies, we regard the narration as a capacity of rêverie (Bion) that acquires an emotional value in intersubjective situations. First, we explore the “present moment” (Stern) and the relationship between narration and primitive sufferings, in order to differentiate the narrative process from historicizing. Secondly, we study the Esther Bick’s method of infant Read more