agrandir le texte diminuer le texte

Direct access to content

CRPPC Portails : www - étudiants - personnels CRPPC

You are here : en > CRPPC research > Research approaches > Research approaches

Research approaches


A unitary signifier

The epistemology of the CRPPC is based on a psychoanalytic theory and also on a psychodynamic approach of psychic functioning.
A unitary signifier of research:
The symbolization process

The unitary signifier of the basic research of the CRPPC, is SYMBOLIZATION, its CLINICAL PRACTICES and PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES. This basic research has been constant since 1990, but appears in forms constantly renewed concerning the shaping of symbolization processes. The thematic of symbolization unites our research by creating a real synergy between the different themes addressed by researchers. Furthermore, the research center works on the thematic of symbolization with many colleagues during international discussions, and this is one of the landmarks that give the CRPPC its international reputation: symbolization has thus become a key signifier for research conducted by what is now commonly called “école lyonnaise".

A common point of research

- Based on the concept of symbolization and related models developed by the CRPPC, the common point of research is to provide a reshaping o contemporary psychopathology paradigms, which fall particularly within severe narcissism disorders and "limit and extreme situations" of subjectivity. The theories of contemporary forms of psychopathology stemming from this research, are closely tied with basic research on the shaping (and/or evaluation) of various care settings, which concern both existing care systems and the creation of new settings adapted to these "extreme clinical practices". The overall problematic of the CRPPC, is thus to explore the fundamental forms of psychopathology in support of the shaping of various care settings and offer a reshaping of models, to be able to consider these difficult clinical practices  and adjust their care framework.



Publications on basic research concern especially the development of the symbolization theory, particularly of its early forms, and the conceptualization of a general theory on care settings. An close attention is given to the interfaces of psychology with other fields such as developmental psychology, biology, especially neuroscience and social sciences. One of the major focuses of the current work aims to not limit the clinical practice and its theorizing to a single field of metapsychology, but to open an epistemological dialogue with other disciplines.


The principal key factor of our research is to consider the consequences of the evolution of contemporary clinical forms on psychopathology models. The CRPPC thus offers new modeling paradigms of psychopathology from three perspectives:

  • The different forms and characteristics of symbolization through all ages of life

  • to connect approaches taken from social sciences with clinical psychology,

  • and finally, the construction of a multifocal model of disorders in the form of somatic expression, with a consideration for body language and action in the process of symbolization (a number of research focus on somatoform disorders and symptomatic of acts, especially violent and criminal).



The challenges of this research, i.e. the remodeling paradigms of contemporary psychopathology, has thus three main directions:
  • The shaping of symbolization processes,

  • exploring the work of the negative and of forms of desymbolization (such as negative therapeutic reaction, destructiveness and extreme affects that characterize severe narcissistic pathologies, the clinical practice of disability shame, incest, or the clinical practice of "limit states"...),

  • and finally, the inputs of the clinical practice of crises and changing times, infant, teenager, old age, in the shaping of different forms of adult pathology and care settings .

Updated February 5, 2020


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