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Speaker Series: On Fantasy in Psychoanalysis by Marco Antonio Coutinho

Date: May 04th, 2024

Time: 10am to 12pm (PST)

Location: Zoom, register here.


From Freud to Lacan, the concept of fantasy has a central character in psychoanalytic theory; the involvement of fantasy within their conceptual apparatus is impressive. It is no coincidence that psychoanalysis was born when Freud gave up the technique of hypnosis, because instead of hypnotizing the patient, it stimulates his awakening from a hypnosis in which he is already immersed. This concept is so important that Lacan conceived of analytical treatment as a traversing of fantasy – one in which the subject has kept up until then his desire imprisoned. This allows us to truly speak of a “clinic of fantasy”. But what is fantasy for psychoanalysis and what place does it occupy in the psychic apparatus? The talk will address this and other questions.

Biography: Dr. Marco Antonio Coutinho is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, professor at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. He is the founder and director of Corpo Freudiano, School of Psychoanalysis section Rio de Janeiro and is the author of more than ten books on the fundamentals of theory and clinical practice of psychoanalysis, the formation of analysts and the connection between art and psychoanalysis.