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“Intersubjective bonds” approach

Coordinators :
Pr. A. Ciccone, Ch. Jouvert (Lecturers/Thesis supervisors)

The CRPPC has a long tradition of investigation on intersubjectivity and the subjective formations common to several psyches (alliance, agreement, unconscious contract, etc.). Investigations on the clinical practice of intersubjective bonds keep specifying modelization and function of these formations. They enlighten the psychic transmission process, inter- and trans-generational, but also inter- and trans-subjective in the generational bonds and in bonds between two or many contemporary subjects. Identification modalities, transference-counter-transference processes are, for instance, objects of privileged studies for certain investigations. The same goes for creative transmission modalities as toxic and alienating modalities. Bond and transmission are also studied in what they contain as fantasies: what is the function of myths, beliefs, and theories consisting in thinking that psychic transmission is at stake?

Intersubjective bonds are partly modelized in the field of “parentality” and “perinatality”. The baby individualizes and subjectivizes himself at the same time the parent builds his parentality; Subjectivation and parentalization develop together. And subjectivity rises from intersubjective experiences that must be more detailed in the psychoanalytic epistemology.

Family is obviously a field of observation and privileged studies of inter- and trans-subjective processes. Family is a place of psychic and unconscious transmission between generations, between culture and social. The cultural reference in development acts on the familial bonds (stepfamilies/blended families, single parents, homosexual parents, adoptive families, couple cohabitating, emigrant families) and on the construction of filiation and identity of the subject. Parentality, for instance, cannot be thought with traditional psychoanalytical models. A reshaping of paradigms of psychopathology link is necessary to think the contemporary evolution of the expression forms of psychic suffering related to these mutations. Investigations in this clinical practice of inter-subjectivity approach explore and build new models of the psychopathology of the bond and new models of transmission in bond modalities. Investigations also theorize new modelization-adapted care settings.

The approach of the inter-subjective bonds’ clinic federates PhD students’ ongoing research about – or taking into account - derived or declined notions of inter-subjectivity and trans-subjectivity. These researches intent to modelize notions such as inter- and trans-disciplinarity, inter- and trans-spatiality, inter- and trans-scenality. Each time, the goal consists in highlighting the modalities of passing from a context to another, the modalities of ceasing psychic reality, the conditions in which two or more realities, formations, spaces can stay together or be held together. They also try to extract the common, the essential in differential configurations (“psychopathological” and “healthy” states for instance). The perspective deals with limits, edges but also inclusions, common areas, passages, transferences, transmissions of a state or an area, from a reality to another.

Updated April 28, 2016


Directrice: Magali RAVIT,
Coordinatrice de recherche: Eliane GASTALDO,
Gestionnaire financier: Farida MARTINEZ,
Université Lumière Lyon 2