As part of this theoretical psychoanalytical movement, Didier Anzieu, a French psychoanalyst, started to develop the concept of the “Moi-peau” in En inventant il y a plus de trente ans la métaphore du Moi-peau, Didier Anzieu a instauré la question des limites au centre de la psychanalyse, sur la base d’une. Didier Anzieu was a distinguished French psychoanalyst. Contents. 1 Life; 2 On Freud’s of the skin-container takes on a life of its own shap[ing] Didier Anzieu’s influential concept of the psychic envelope in The Skin-Ego (Le Moi- peau) ‘.

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Second, the literal skin — and particularly the sense of touch with which it is associated — is no longer privileged to the same extent. More recently, other psychoanalysts E. Similarly, if the sounds emitted by the caregiver are impersonal, they are less likely to be experienced as responsive and, as such, are less likely to serve as the foundation of primitive reflexivity. Put succinctly, psychic envelopes are sensory experiences that have been transposed from the somatic plane onto the psychic plane; once transposed, they are structured like and function as the envelopes, or skins, of anziwu psyche.

Despite his importance, however, Anzieu is less well-known to Anglo-American cultural theorists than his now legendary predecessor Jacques Lacan.

From the Skin Ego to the Psychic Envelope: An Introduction to the Work of Didier Anzieu

Referring back to the mirror phase as conceived by Lacan, in which the Ego constitutes itself as other on the model of a mirror image of the whole unified body, D. I attributed this particular feature of my patient either to his biological make-up or to his social milieu.

Psychologie de l’inconscient Carl Gustav Jung. Autrement dit, il est sans doute plus abordable et plus parlant une fois qu’on pratique.

Grosz makes exactly this call and, in doing so, urges cultural theorists to formulate new frameworks for making sense of the self. Both non-dualist and non-determinist, the work of Didier Anzieu can be seen to say at least three key things about human subjectivity.


That is, like the skin of an onion, the skin of the psyche is structured by layers that interlock one with the other.

When asked to elaborate on pexu smoking habits, Rodolphe connected them to his eating habits. In my view, he does so largely because considerations of the visual sense have — up until quite recently — tended to pewu considerations of the other senses and their role in psychic development. As a result, whenever Gethsemane needed to feel whole and protected — particularly when confronted with his own aggressive feelings — he started to sweat.

By privileging the surfaces of the human being, both psychic and somatic, Anzieu shows that the superficial is at least as important as the profound.

It is, therefore, to these differences that I now turn. Peter Graham, is an important, enormously detailed What is more, because the baby functions according to the primary processes, it experiences its skin and the stimuli impinging on it through phantasy. In order for the sound envelope to be strong and supportive, it must be constituted by an array of both manageable and meaningful sounds — that is, sounds that are neither excessive nor impersonal.

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First, it emphasizes the fact that the infant must learn how to make its skin its own. Peua specifically, the acquisition of the skin ego marks the point at which the infant develops the capacity to imagine itself as a three-dimensional being bound and contained mooi the surface of its skin. Face to face with these fantasies, the patient is then in a position to be able to make sense of the repressed desires they represent.

Didier Anzieu

Hybridity, Dialogism, PerformativityLondon: International Journal of Critical Psychologyvol. Over the course of the interviews, Anzieu argues that he and Lacan differ in two key ways: This envelope is set in motion by the auditory sensations associated with respiration — sensations that enable the infant to experience itself as a container that fills itself and empties itself. Anzieu’s Freud’s Self-Analysis 2d ed. The baby, then, does not understand itself as a separate or singular being at this point in its life.


Malaise dans la civilisation Sigmund Freud. La psychanalyse du feu Gaston Bachelard. Anzieu and Tarrad,peauu. Didier Anzieu is an intriguing figure in contemporary French psychoanalysis.

Generally, according to Anzieu, the skin ego is based on psychic envelopes that are primarily tactile and auditory in nature. Building on the writings of such psychoanalysts as Melanie Klein and Heinz KohutAnzieu also sought with great skill to analyze, not so much works of art, but the creative process itself; and he published numerous works on literary creation PascalBeckett and artistic creation Bacon ‘.

The child, enveloped in its mother’s care, fantasizes of a skin shared with its mother: Anzieu lr philosophy and was a pupil of Daniel Lagachebefore undertaking his first psychoanalysis with Jacques Lacan.

Didier Anzieu – Wikipedia

Didier Anzieu, Gender and the Sense of Touch. This translation is my own. These were the three functions that Anzieu chose to discuss in his first paper, published inon the phenomenon of the skin ego Anzieu,pp. To be sure, neither Merleau-Ponty nor Anzieu is — strictly speaking — new to the Anglo-American scene.

Anzieu would extend the concept to a broader notion of “psychic envelope”, exploring for example the idea of ‘the dream envelope. Views Read Edit View history. While the infant is handled and held by its caregiver, the pleasures of the skin are awakened and the erogenous zones are enlivened.


More importantly, however, the primary processes refer to a mode of mental functioning that comes before thought; indeed, for thought to take place, the ego must be reality-adapted. In other words, the acquisition of the skin ego marks the point at which the infant is able to transpose its somatic experiences of the skin onto the psychic plane and figure them pewu.

As Freud points out, the pleasures of the skin enable the emergence of auto-eroticism and, by extension, a more mature sexuality Freud, d, pp. A Study of Sensitive Space: