Christopher Bollas and the “Elaboration of the Self”: Experience and Uniqueness

by João Paulo Ayub   Elaborate Selves: Reflections and Reveries (Routledge) is a volume of interviews published in 1997, in which some psychoanalysts and culture scholars were invited to compose a set of analyses and reflections on the “status of the self in the contemporary world”.1 According to Anthony Molino, interviewer and book editor, the … More Christopher Bollas and the “Elaboration of the Self”: Experience and Uniqueness

TALKING WITH BOLLAS I: Ontological Conflicts in Psychoanalysis

  Amnéris Maroni In an interview for Revista Percurso (1998), Christopher Bollas presents us an interesting political debate within psychoanalysis: a war among the schools that assume pure minds, non-contaminated minds, and that is, from the author’s perspective, one of the features typical of a fascist mind. That war would also nullify one of the … More TALKING WITH BOLLAS I: Ontological Conflicts in Psychoanalysis

Interview: When the Sun Bursts – The enigma of schizophrenia

Interview: When the Sun Bursts – The enigma of schizophrenia João Paulo Ayub “Schizophrenia is enigmatic”. This sentence, extracted from Christopher Bollas’s book When the Sun Bursts, doesn’t translate just the psychoanalyst’s/writer’s intellectual curiosity, someone who has dedicated decades of his life to the treatment of people who experiments very difficult psychic events. Together with an … More Interview: When the Sun Bursts – The enigma of schizophrenia

The difficult art of being together (or to break up)

The difficult art of being together (or to break up) Luis Fernando Santos   No self-help preacher feels any embarrassment in talking about endings. Dates, marriages, jobs, ideas, erotic relations—all that sort of things with which a subject relates herself and psychoanalysis calls objects[1]—come to an end. We are finite, and all of us are … More The difficult art of being together (or to break up)

Bollasing the Clinic

  Amnéris Maroni Introduction Some memorable pages in the book Forces of Destiny, by Christopher Bollas[1], demand our close attention, because they redefine the analytical setting in a radical fashion. Let’s not forget that Bollas is a contemporary writer and a singular Winnicottian and Bionian analyst. On an interview for Revista Percurso [2], Bollas tells … More Bollasing the Clinic

Christopher Bollas— Trauma and GENERA[1]

Amnéris Maroni   Introduction I’ll deal with three important books by Christopher Bollas in this text. Nowadays, Bollas is one of the most outstanding and creative psychoanalysts in the world. He is an American, but has a formation in the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has written many books, and among them the following have already … More Christopher Bollas— Trauma and GENERA[1]

Violent Innocent: Omission and Confidence

  Amnéris Maroni Several Ways of Denying Reality A very short article by Sigmund Freud titled The Negation (1925) is a true gem of the psychoanalytical thinking. It was recently released by Cosac Naify, with translation, introduction and notes by Marilene Carone, and texts by Vladimir Safatle, Newton da Costa and Andrés R. Raggio. With … More Violent Innocent: Omission and Confidence

THE NIGHTCRAWLER

    Amnéris Maroni   Undeniably, The Best Film of the Year. The Nightcrawler was an unexplainable absence on the list of the Oscar’s nominations for best picture in 2015. Not even Jake Gyllenhaal (Louis/Lou Bloom) who is superb in this role, better than in Brokeback Mountain, was remembered in the academy. In that year, … More THE NIGHTCRAWLER

THE CLAN

INTRODUCTION: FEAR AND PERPLEXITY Pablo Trapero’s film The Clan (El Clan, 2015) — previously he had directed Leonera (2008), Carancho (2010), White Elephant (2012) — is an extraordinary cinematic piece. We should also qualify as equally extraordinary Guillermo Francella’s acting performances in the role of Arquímedes Puccio — he is a famous comedy actor, therefore, … More THE CLAN