Clinical Praxis and the Place of the Analyst: A Chilean Perspective*

Abstract

Since its inception, psychoanalytic theory has considered that, conceptually, it is impossible to maintain the division between the individual and society and that the constitution of one necessarily involves the other. Despite this clear legacy of Freudian thought, followed by most of the first and second generations of psychoanalysts, analytic clinical practice started to change almost exclusively into private practice by later generations of psychoanalysts. As a result, a space for information, data gathering, and theoretical production has been gradually configured that is structured in a slanted way. An analytic working environment has thus developed in Chile that tends to eschew contributions from other disciplines that could both enrich and challenge psychoanalytic theoretical–technical developments.

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Address correspondence to Prof. Juan Flores, Avda. Las Condes 9792 ap. 1203 Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.

*This paper is part of the Special Issue, Trauma and Subjectivity: A South American Perspective (Gondar, 2017).

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Flores, J. Clinical Praxis and the Place of the Analyst: A Chilean Perspective* . Am J Psychoanal 77, 23–39 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1057/s11231-016-9076-z

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Keywords

  • Chilean perspective
  • psychoanalysis and politics
  • isolation of psychoanalysts from society
  • socially responsive psychoanalytic discipline