As part of this theoretical psychoanalytical movement, Didier Anzieu, a French psychoanalyst, started to develop the concept of the “Moi-peau” in En inventant il y a plus de trente ans la métaphore du Moi-peau, Didier Anzieu a instauré la question des limites au centre de la psychanalyse, sur la base d’une. Didier Anzieu was a distinguished French psychoanalyst. Contents. 1 Life; 2 On Freud’s of the skin-container takes on a life of its own shap[ing] Didier Anzieu’s influential concept of the psychic envelope in The Skin-Ego (Le Moi- peau) ‘.

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Yet the fact that the skin ego is superseded by the thinking ego does not make the skin ego any less fundamental. This envelope is set in motion by the auditory sensations associated with respiration — sensations that enable the ls to experience itself as a container that fills itself and empties itself.

Both non-dualist and non-determinist, the work l Didier Anzieu can be seen to say at least three key things about human subjectivity. Elle est superficielle et profonde. According to Anzieu, then, the senses of sound, smell, taste and sight interlock with the sense of touch to form the skin of the psyche.

What is more, because the baby functions according to the primary processes, it experiences its skin and azieu stimuli impinging on it through phantasy. The challenge to structuralist and poststructuralist paradigms has resulted in the arrival of two new figures on the Anglo-American scene: Like Lacan, however, Winnicott accentuates the visual lw.

In my view, he does so largely because considerations of the visual sense have — up until quite recently — tended lle eclipse considerations of the other senses and their role in psychic development. Instead, it experiences its own skin as phantasmatically fused with that of its caregiver. Anzieu’s work encouraged dermatologists to use psychotherapeutic approaches in parallel to classical dermatologic approaches, when necessary, and helped them better understand how psychoanalysts work with patients who have not yet acquired their own “Moi-peau”.

A Life for Our Time London p. Ce livre n’est donc pas un de mes livres de chevets.


I would like to thank the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Fondation Ricard, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Anziej Council of Canada for funding the research that led to the publication of this paper. The baby, then, does not understand itself as a separate or singular being at this point in its life. Lecteurs 56 Voir plus.

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Or, to use a metaphor that Anzieu himself uses, the skin of the psyche is in many ways like the skin of an onion Anzieu,p. Anzieu and Tarrad,anzkeu. Put succinctly, psychic envelopes are sensory experiences that have been transposed from the somatic plane onto the psychic plane; once transposed, they are structured like and function as the envelopes, or skins, of the psyche. In a provocative critique of both Lacan and Winnicott, Anzieu writes: Just as the constant stimulation of the body by physical moo is managed by the skin, the constant stimulation of the mind by mental stimuli is managed by the skin ego.

But this approach is not without its problems.

His godmother had a reputation for being dirty. Papers on Infant Observationed. Among Anzieu’s many significant contributions to psychoanalysis were his work on Freud’s self-analysis and his extensive study of groups, relying in particular on the work of Wilfred Ruprecht Bion. Black Skins, Black Masks: The rending of the shared skin is a key moment for the infant. First, it emphasizes the fact that the infant must learn how to make its skin its own. Autrement dit, il est sans doute plus abordable et plus parlant une fois qu’on pratique.

Emotion, Depth, and Flesh: That said, the skin is significant in the life of the newborn insofar as it is the site on and through which its first impressions of both itself and those around it are brought into being. Presses Universitaires de France. In fact, cultural theorists have tended to focus more on the former than they have on the latter and it is for this reason that I consider the latter so closely here see, for instance, Prosser, ; and Tyler, A few words of warning before we proceed.

As his work with Gethsemane makes clear, the notion of the olfactory envelope allows for a critical approach to issues of body odor and what they mean psychically, somatically, and socially. La dynamique des groupes res.


Despite his importance, however, Anzieu is less well-known to Anglo-American cultural theorists than his now legendary predecessor Jacques Lacan. Barron, Self-Analysis p. The Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. It also helped dermatologists to recognize patients with “borderline” states, which are particularly frequent in dermatology ereutophobia, dysmorphophobia, tattooing, self-mutilation, artefacta dermatitis.

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Signaler ce contenu Voir la page de la citation. Les enfants de Jocaste Christiane Olivier. This was my first counter-transferential resistance, the assumption that the material most insistently present in the sessions has nothing to do with psychoanalysis because it was neither put into words anziieu had any apparent status lle communication.

Anziei Grosz, this construct is useful insofar as it illustrates how insides and outsides are both irreducible to and constitutive of one another. Le moi-peau et la psychanalyse des limites Catherine Chabert 1 citation.

In fact, if Freud links the most formative developmental traumas to a phantasmatic genital castration, then Anzieu links them to a phantasmatic rending of the shared skin Freud, a, pp. In order for the sound envelope to be strong and supportive, it must be constituted by an array of both manageable and meaningful sounds — that is, sounds that are neither excessive nor impersonal.

The baby has a concrete representation of this envelope which is provided for it by something of which ld has frequent sensory experience a sensory experience intermingled with phantasies — its skin.

Up to this point, my allusions to the functions of the skin ego have related to those of containment, protection, and inscription. As the baby grows and becomes more mentally mature, it gradually develops a sense of its own bodily space — a sense it gains, first and foremost, from its tactile exchanges with its caregiver.