Lacan's Clinical Technique
Lack(a)nian Analysis

Paper: 978 1 78220 550 0 / $42.95
Published: October 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
208 pp., 6" x 9"
How do psychoanalysts act during analysis? When does treatment start? How long does a session or treatment last? How much does it cost? What does analytical interpretation entail? What is the final aim of analysis? These are the main issues Antonio Quinet addresses for clinical psychoanalysts and students in training.

This is not a do-it-yourself book or a step-by-step manual for, but rather an examination of Freudian and Lacanian techniques based on psychoanalytical theory and ethics.

The ideas examined are grounded in the structure of subjectivity, and the basic assumption that analysts have taken their own analysis to the end. It is from thereon that they will have the analyst´s desire as a practical tool for their own clinical practice.

Antonio Quinet's contribution regarding the start of treatment comes from his updated examination of Freudian concepts through Lacanian mathemes. This approach has made this book´s first version a best seller in Brazil, with over 30,000 copies sold.

The author examines Freud´s initial conditions: the trial period (renamed by Lacan as “preliminary interviews”), couch use, handling of time, and treatment fees. Finally, he describes and theorizes on what analysts do behind the couch: the act in the role of the semblant of object a and analytical interpretation.

Lacan´s concept of semblant closely bonds theater and the analytical act and his concept of lalangue does likewise with poetry and analytical interpretation. Quinet's approach closely reflects the relationship between psychoanalysis and performing arts.

Table of Contents:
About the Author
Preface--Darian Leader
Prelude to the afternoon of an analyst

I. The Analyst’s Discourse
Civilisation and its jouissance
Lacanian discourses
The bond, the analyst, and the object

II. Conditions for Analysis

III. The Art of the Analyst
Act and semblant
Interpretation and lalangue


Reviews & Endorsements:
"In this book, Antonio Quinet introduces the essentials of Lacanian clinicial technique effortlessly and with great humour. Conceptual issues are linked directly to the clinic, and the rationale of the Lacanian approach is explained with clarity and ease."
- Darian Leader, psychoananalyst, author and founder of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London; from the Preface