The Paradoxically Surviving and Non-Surviving of the Psychic Object

Daniela Luca
2021 Romanian Journal of Psychoanalysis  
There are books that make the reader feeling so delightful and passionate, when he or she is discovering the beauty of the author's thinking and the multiple dimensions of his/her discourse. As Roland Barthes mentioned in his book The pleasure of the text: "The pleasure of the sentence is to a high degree cultural. The artifact created by rhetors, grammarians, linguists, teachers, writers, parents-this artifact is mimicked in a more or less ludic manner; we are playing with an exceptional
more » ... , whose paradox has been articulated by linguistics: immutably structured and yet infinitely renewable: something like chess." (Barthes, [1973(Barthes, [ ]1975: 51): 51). 43 Reading Jan Abram's book, The Surviving Object. Psychoanalytic essays on psychic survival-of-the-object is such a playfulness and insightfulness experience of feelingand-thinking around and about the essential Winnicottian, but also Greenian and Ogdenian, metaphors and concepts, and it is an excellent opportunity to rediscover the continuity in writing of this brilliant author that Jan Abram is. Jan Abram is one of the famous connaisseurs of the Winnicott's life, monographies, work, writings, both clinical and theoretical, and since 1989 she was continuously devoted in her studies, clinical practice and research to the Winnicottian psychoanalytic space. As the author assumes about herself 44 : "Since 1989, I have undertaken conceptual psychoanalytic research focused on the writings of D.W.Winnicott. This trajectory began with becoming a staff member of The Squiggle Foundation (a charity set up to disseminate and cultivate the tradition of Donald Winnicott) where I was actively engaged in teaching, running workshops and supervising analytic clinicians (counsellors and psychotherapists). This teaching and facilitating activity has always been alongside a full-time analytic clinical practice in which I have worked with a range of psychopathologies in the consulting room as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and, since 2003, as a psychoanalyst. The practice of psychoanalysis informs 41 All quotations that we are referring in this review are based on the eBook, not on the print book
doi:10.2478/rjp-2021-0023 fatcat:wkyar3ojwvhz7h7e2qfwam72ku