Dra. Silvana Rea
The Same, The Other
Circling between the same and the other invites us to leave the comfort of the native land, which entails strangeness.
The word, in analysis, testifies to the limits between me and the object, to the meeting of the familiar and the foreigner, also to the masculine and feminine.
When there is a meeting between two people something appears in the world which had not existed before.
What do these patients demand from us, and why, many times, do we find ourselves unable to respond to that demand?
I have been struck by how many of my patients, in some ways, had pointed out similarities they either observed or assumed exist between us.
Psychoanalysis is a theory about the relations between human consciousness and that which eludes it, that which is unconscious, that is other to it.
Dr Basak shows through her work with a Muslim-Hindu couple how a paranoid-schizoid split in society leads to persecution by the majority community of the “other”.
One concrete goal of Freudian psychoanalysis is the recognition of otherness through the acceptance of sexual difference. Is this possible in the internet age?

Lic. Liliana Pedrón Martín,19  July 2018
Learning from Children/Childhood
Our current issue, 'Learning from Childhood/Children',  presents a theme inherent in psychoanalysis and invites the reader to remember the psychoanalytic literature on the subject. Listening to little Hans’ father, Freud knew how to interpret the suffering of the child.  Later, Anna Freud and Melanie Klein, both pioneers in the psychoanalysis of children, and then Donald Winnicott, contributed with their conceptualizations to study childhood. 

The traits of curiosity, spontaneity and change, in children, are topics of interest to psychoanalysts. Also of interest is the experience of suffering in children and adolescents, created, at least, by a lack of communication and isolation in the intersubjective and transubjective field. Childhood sexuality is another key theme in psychoanalysis that approaches describing the development of the psychic life of the human being. 

Once again, in this issue, the e-journal participates in an exchange around this theme and features the point of view of authors and cultures from different parts of the world. The title 'Learning from Childhood/Children' brings us closer to concepts such as repetition, resignification and conflict, among many others. 

The reader will here find articles showcasing the interrelationship of psychoanalysis with various disciplines. The work of Dawn Lattuca, for example, addresses the interrelationship between psychoanalysis and painting through the work of Paul Cézanne. Patricia Bohrer Pereira Leite presents a paper on the interrelation of psychoanalysis with language and reading. These themes are studied as a meeting place with mother-child link.  

In his paper, Jean Philippe Dubois shows us the differences in the therapeutic process and work of a psychoanalyst working with children versus with adults. Tomomi Suzuki, in her paper on eating disorders, presents disturbances of feeding as one of the disorders of adolescence. Next, through his article with a child patient, Sarosh Forbes explores how a tragedy in early childhood - when not worked through - impacts personality and life. 

Dieter Bürgin from Switzerland  shows in his paper how he came into contact with the unconscious phantasies of a nine year old boy by the means of little drawings  (“squiggles”) which they made together.

Through the clinical vignettes described in her paper, the Chilean psychoanalyst Eugenia Valdés illustrated the traces of what she imagines as the first fantasies in the lives of the children and what we can learn from these. 

Adrienne Harris, one of the co-editors for North America, made a video interviewing three young activists. It features three women active in the grass roots movements for gun control in the United States. 
We hope that reading each article as well as relating them to the  general theme will connect readers with children's experiences, and be a source of inspiration and creativity. 

 We invite you to visit our website www.psychoanalysis.today to send contributions of no more than 500 words.