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On the question what psychoanalysis is, Freud once replied: "A conversation between two … people. [...] Nothing else goes on between them they just talk to each other" (Freud in Haynal, 2000, 11).
It soon turned out that this definition was more than insufficient, especially in terms of technique. "Freud has worked passionately for theoretical research, but the technique, the practice and the unique relationship were not always the focus of his interest" (Haynal, 2000, 13).
André Haynal presented in his book that there were problems associated with the technique, and that it had a double ambiguity: "In his technical writings he establishes rules, while he seems to devalue them elsewhere and says those rules are like bridges for > Beginners < [...] The second ambiguity - perceived or real - is in the contradiction between Freud’s practice as we know it by his case reports and from testimonies, and his > official < position as it appears in his writings on the technique" (Haynal, 2000, 1).
We thirst not to be overlooked. It should make us whole and healthy, to be looked at. Perhaps with admiration about how well we preserve, how strong we stand and how we walk away with our head held high. And simultaneously we are scared of any look that leaves us frozen, fixed on our place and leaves us feeling alone and plunged into an isolation that is the rigidity of death. Against such glances we wear our amulets, clothing, gestures, and dark glasses. Not to be looked at while on the couch of the analyst, frees us from the evil eye and allows us to transition from the world of images to the increasingly liberating talk.
In the consultation room of Anna Freud in London's Hampstead a frieze currently runs on the ceiling around the room. Countless pairs of eyes from women look down, one cannot recognize whole faces, only ever new looks. The narrow band is part of an installation of the Londoner photographer Bettina von Zwehl that emerged from an intensive study of the archive of Anna Freud. Gently, yet insistent, casual, but saturated with the fear of death, so von Zwehl brings the imaginary back into the rooms where talk has repeatedly marked the triumph over the Medusa. Do we really want to be looked at as demonstrated by the pairs of eyes on the ceiling? I would like to lay down on the couch and just begin to talk, submit an appeal against this intrusion into the protected, sightless sphere of analysis. The word, the word, the word should govern here, not the eye.
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FREUD Meister und Freund
by Hanns Sachs, 1950
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von Dorothy Burlingham und Anna Freud
(Imago Publishing Co. Ltd), 1949
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ÜBER DIE SYMBOLIK DER KOPFTROPHÄEN
von Marie Bonaparte
(Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag), 1928
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