Duplicity and illusion in families formed by international adoption


“Duplicity and illusion in international adoption.” New family compositions created by international adoption grow hand in hand with globalization. Beyond the socio-economic or political implications, the author focuses on the psychological processes at work in these families. Duality of countries, cultures and families, associated with the intensity of the needs and demands involved, induce multiple distortions of reality promoting deception. In the light of two examples of international adoption, one drawn from literature, the other from a psychoanalytic family therapy, he studies the emergence of fantasies and representations in connection with deception and mystification. Considering their hidden effects detrimental to the creation of new Read more


Psychoanalytic family terapies

This paper is an introduction to the psychoanalytic family therapies, in a period when the expression family therapy is mostly synonymous of systemic therapy.
Departing from the history of the psychoanalytic work with the couples and the family, the most important “organizers” of the family psychic life appear to be the “phantasmatic resonance”, the “family body” and “the consort’s choice.” Read more


Fantasies, myths and dreams as witnesses of family psychic groupality


Fantasies, myths and dreams as witnesses of family psychic groupality”. The author presents how fantasies, myths and dreams are psychic formations which belong to the individual unconscious as well as to the family psychic groupality, particularly because of their universality and reference to origins. They work as family organisers, which circulate through the family links, and indicate the nature, strength and development of the latter. Rended specific by the mutual changes they induce within the unconscious of two or more individuals, including babies, the links show various modes of intersubjective functionning. The concept of intersubjectivity is relatively recent in psychoanalysis and appears to be of value to enlighten the family psychic groupality. Some clinical examples are given from psychoanalytic family therapies, in order to illustrate how the group resonance of fantasies, myths and dreams allows them to be put in common and shared, so that they help to build the family self and its psychic envelopes. Thanks to transference Read more