A Psychoanalyst on the Couch

By Juan-David Nasio
Translated by Stephanie Grace Schull
Edited by François Raffoul, David Pettigrew
Preface by François Raffoul, and David Pettigrew

Subjects: Psychoanalysis
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary French Thought
Paperback : 9781438443461, 105 pages, July 2013
Hardcover : 9781438443478, 105 pages, July 2012

Table of contents

Translator’s Acknowledgments
Editors’ Prefatory Note to the American Edition
How Does a Psychoanalyst Work?
Diving “The Big Blue”
Joël, or My Fear of Discovering a Case of Psychosis
How Does One Choose a Psychoanalyst?
Aimance, or the Need to Be Dependent
Love and Sexual Pleasure
The Solitude of the homosexual Male and the “Bitter Delight” of the Homosexual Female
Jealousy: The Important Man, the Abandoned Woman
Love in the Couple
Every Woman Is a Virgin
Hate and Friendship
Hate as an Everyday Phenomenon
A Friend is Someone with Whom I feel Happy to Be Myself
Analysis with a Child
How Does One Speak Frankly with One’s Child?
Seven Crises that a Child Endures in Order to Grow Up
Florent and Louise: The First Meeting of a Child with the Psychoanalyst
In Praise of Hard Work
Albertine’s Charm
Challenge Yourself!

An interview with Juan-David Nasio.


In A Psychoanalyst on the Couch, we find the noted psychoanalyst and Lacan commentator Juan-David Nasio on the analyst's couch himself. In the interview that makes up this book, he provides insight into his forty-year career as a writer and practitioner, elaborating on Freudian and Lacanian concepts important to his work and reflecting on broad issues related to psychology and culture—as well as personal remembrances. The result is an intimate and wide-ranging look at the man and thinker, both an introduction to his work and a deeper look at his approach and outlook.

Juan-David Nasio is a psychoanalyst who lives and works in Paris. He was the first psychoanalyst to be inducted into the prestigious French Legion of Honor. Stephanie Grace Schull is Director of Instructional Innovation and Assessment at Hawai'i Pacific University. François Raffoul is Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana State University. David Pettigrew is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. Together Raffoul and Pettigrew have translated Nasio's Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan; The Book of Love and Pain: Thinking at the Limit with Freud and Lacan; and Oedipus: The Most Crucial Concept in Psychoanalysis, all published by SUNY Press.