Why Did You Choose to Study Psychoanalysis? (03:31)
Elisabeth Roudinesco discusses her mother's association with Jacques Lacan. A structuralist, she studied languages and worked as a literary critic. While at university, she joined the psychoanalytic movement and studied the history of psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis in France (01:16)
Psychoanalysis was once used in every aspect of cultural life. Now, psychiatrists use cognitive or biological approaches. Writers have become their own psychoanalysts.
Psychoanalysis in Brazil (00:55)
Brazilian psychoanalysts are less dogmatic; psychoanalysis is present in civil society and in universities; it does not reach people as it does in France.
Freud's Life (04:19)
Roudinesco describes a darker, more romantic Freud fascinated by the irrational. She disproves rumors about Freud and addresses his paradoxical nature in his biography.
Lacan's Importance (02:45)
Jacques Lacan analyzes the death drive after Auschwitz. Roudinesco compares him to Freud and discusses his interest in transgressions, mysticism, and philosophy. He treated psychosis and attempted to formulate a new theory of Freud's work as philosophy.
Freud and Lacan (05:57)
Roudinesco says writing Freud's biography was simpler than Lacan's; he was a traditional man while Lacan was transgressive. She compares their cultural interests and political beliefs.
Friendship with Lacan and Public Life (06:16)
Roudinesco describes Lacan as intelligent, difficult, childish, humorous, extravagant, and a bully. She admires his ability to analyze someone rapidly. Today, the psychoanalytic movement lacks institutional power.
Credits: Critical Thinkers - Elisabeth Roudinesco (00:40)
Credits: Critical Thinkers - Elisabeth Roudinesco
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