23 February 2021

"The guests of the Ego. Identifications and disidentifications in the psychoanalytic clinic"

First Edition, 2018

Place of Publication: Madrid.

Publisher: APM–Biblioteca Nueva

158 pages. ISBN 978-84-17408-01-5


Identification is a concept that runs through psychoanalytic theory like a guiding thread, and is a basic notion for understanding the structuring of the subject. We confront the complexity of identification through the development of the psychoanalytic process; identifications manifest themselves in different ways in the patient-analyst link within the process known as transference. And it is in this part of the relationship where the interplay of identifications and disidentifications arises, leading to the creation of new identifications.

One goal of analysis is the possibility of deconstructing those identifications that alienate the subject. These questions are considered throughout the chapters of this book, which compiles a series of articles by prestigious contemporary psychoanalysts working in this area. Among them are:  Maurizio Bálsamo, Thomas Ogden, Ruggero Levy, Luis Kancyer and Rachel Blass, with an introduction by Teresa Olmos de Paz.

Teresa Olmos de Paz, psychoanalyst, is the former director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and is a full member, with training functions, in the Madrid Psychoanalytical Association, of which she was president from January 2017 to December 2019. She is also a member of the Forum for Adolescent Psychoanalysis of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis. Among her publications are, notably: Structures and/or borderline states in children, adolescents and adults (with Carlos Paz and M.L. Pelento), Volumes I–II–III. She has been published in national and international psychoanalytical reviews, particularly The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She received the first Annual Psychoanalysis Book Prize in 1992.