The Practice of Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theories and Principles

The Practice of Lacanian Psychoanalysis lays out an Aristotelian framework to account for the different types of knowing and not-knowing operative in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis.

The book proposes a new model for diagnosis, giving preference to fewer over more diagnoses, and seeks to better organize them by distinguishing between structure and surface symptoms. It examines many principles of Lacanian clinical practice, including different types of frames and evidence, the practice of citation and listening, the resistance and desire of the analyst, transference love as a metaphor, the role of negative transference at the end of analysis, and the identification with the sinthome as Lacan’s last formulation regarding the end of analysis. The text also proposes that there are three forms of love and hate based on the works of Lacan and Winnicott.

Underpinned by extensive practical knowledge of the clinic and case examples for clinicians, analysts, and practicing Lacanian analysts, this book should be of interest to academics, scholars, and clinicians alike.

Reviews and Endorsements

“There are many, too many, introductions to Jacques Lacan; this book is not one of them. For here Raul Moncayo methodically performs a remarkable feat: he does to Lacan what Lacan did to Freud, operating a true ‘return to Lacan’ from a US-based clinical practice that reinvigorates psychoanalytic theory and praxis. This original book is demanding but worth the effort – a Lacan for the 21st century!” – Patricia Gherovici, PhD, psychoanalyst and author of Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference.

“This original, erudite and thought-provoking book continues Raul Moncayo’s unique interrogation of Lacanian theory and practice. Bringing a wide range of references, from philosophy of science to mathematics, anthropology, psychiatry and psychology, he makes Lacan’s texts and seminars as fresh and surprising as they ought to be. This is a book not only for students new to the field but also for seasoned Lacanians. It is zesty, highly readable and profound.” – Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and author.