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==Sessions of Variable Duration==
 
==Sessions of Variable Duration==
[[Lacan]]'s [[practice]] of [[sessions of variable duration]] ([[French]]: ''[[séances scandées]]'') came to be one of the main reasons that the [[IPA]] gave for excluding him when the [[SFP]] was negotiating for [[IPA]] recognition in the early 1960s.  
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[[Lacan]]'s [[practice]] of [[sessions of variable duration]] ([[French]]: ''[[séances scandées]]'') came to be one of the main reasons that the [[IPA]] gave for excluding him when the [[SFP]] was negotiating for [[IPA]] [[recognition]] in the early 1960s.  
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The conventional length of a session was an invariably fifty-minute hour.
 
The conventional length of a session was an invariably fifty-minute hour.
  
[[Lacan]] came to the conclusion that the length of the session should be adjusted according to what the [[patient]] was saying: some long, some short.  He argued that the [[psychoanalyst]] attends not so much to the meaning of the [[analysand]]'s words as to their form.  In his view the ritual ending of the session after a predetermined fixed length of time was "a merely chronometric stopping place."
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[[Lacan]] came to the conclusion that the length of the session should be adjusted according to what the [[patient]] was saying: some long, some short.  He argued that the [[psychoanalyst]] attends not so much to the [[meaning]] of the [[analysand]]'s [[words]] as to their [[form]].  In his view the [[ritual]] ending of the session after a predetermined fixed length of time was "a merely chronometric stopping [[place]]."
 
 
By contrast, he wanted to find for each session a stopping place suited to what the [[patient]] was [[speech|saying]].  He believed that nothing in theory warrants the fifty-minute session.  Rather, the adjustment of the length of the session should become one of the tools of [[psychoanalysis]].
 
  
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By contrast, he wanted to find for each session a stopping place suited to what the [[patient]] was [[speech|saying]]He believed that [[nothing]] in [[theory]] warrants the fifty-minute session.  Rather, the adjustment of the length of the session should become one of the tools of [[psychoanalysis]].
  
Alternatively, the [[analyst]] can also [[punctuate]] the [[analysand]]'s [[speech]] by a moment of [[silence]], or by interrupting the [[analysand]], or by terminating the [[session]] at an opportune moment.<ref>{{E]] p.44</ref>   
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Alternatively, the [[analyst]] can also [[punctuate]] the [[analysand]]'s [[speech]] by a [[moment]] of [[silence]], or by interrupting the [[analysand]], or by terminating the [[session]] at an opportune moment.<ref>{{E}} p.44</ref>   
  
This last form of [[punctuation]] has been a source of controversy throughout the history of [[Lacan]]ian [[psychoanalysis]], since it contravenes the traditional [[IPA]] [[practice]] of [[session]]s of [[sessions of variable duration|fixed duration]].  
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This last form of [[punctuation]] has been a source of controversy throughout the [[history]] of [[Lacan]]ian [[psychoanalysis]], since it contravenes the traditional [[IPA]] [[practice]] of [[session]]s of [[sessions of variable duration|fixed duration]].  
  
 
Today, the [[technique]] of [[punctuation]], especially as expressed in the [[practice]] of [[sessions of variable duration]], continues to be a distinctive feature of [[Lacanian]] [[psychoanalysis]].
 
Today, the [[technique]] of [[punctuation]], especially as expressed in the [[practice]] of [[sessions of variable duration]], continues to be a distinctive feature of [[Lacanian]] [[psychoanalysis]].
  
 
==See Also==
 
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* [[Signifying chain]]
 
* [[Signifying chain]]
 
* [[Enunciation]]
 
* [[Enunciation]]
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* [[Communication]]
 
* [[Communication]]
* [[Demand]]
 
 
* [[Speech]]
 
* [[Speech]]
* [[Punctum]]
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* [[Sessions of variable duration]]
 
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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Latest revision as of 19:00, 20 May 2019

Sessions of Variable Duration

Lacan's practice of sessions of variable duration (French: séances scandées) came to be one of the main reasons that the IPA gave for excluding him when the SFP was negotiating for IPA recognition in the early 1960s. Alternatively, the analyst can also punctuate the analysand's speech by a moment of silence, or by interrupting the analysand, or by terminating the session at an opportune moment.[1]

This last form of punctuation has been a source of controversy throughout the history of Lacanian psychoanalysis, since it contravenes the traditional IPA practice of sessions of fixed duration.

Today, the technique of punctuation, especially as expressed in the practice of sessions of variable duration, continues to be a distinctive feature of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

See Also

References

  1. Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p.44