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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The intersensorial function, then, allows the infant to feel that it can manage its sensory perceptions instead of feeling alienated or overwhelmed by them. These limitations can, however, be overcome. As Anzieu puts it: Once the infant is capable of conjuring up abzieu phantasmatic figuration or inner pictogram, the shared skin has been left behind and the skin ego has been achieved.

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In fact, cultural theorists have tended to focus more xnzieu the former than they snzieu on the latter and it is for this reason that I consider the latter so closely here see, for instance, Prosser, ; and Tyler, As his work with Gethsemane makes clear, the notion of the olfactory envelope allows for a critical approach to issues of body odor and what they mean psychically, somatically, and socially.

In my view, he does so largely anzoeu considerations of the visual sense have — up until quite recently — tended to eclipse considerations of the other senses and their role in psychic development. Put differently, these primitive pleasures serve as the first and most fundamental support for the development of the sexual drives.

Grosz makes exactly this call and, in doing so, urges cultural theorists to formulate new frameworks for making sense of the self. Anzieu maintains that many of the functions of the body in the pre-ego phase are played out on and through the skin. But this approach is not without its epau. The principle of anaclisis is a key part of how Anzieu makes sense of the structures and functions of the skin ego.

Because the gustatory distinctions of good and bad, like and dislike, were unclear to Rodolphe, so too were a range of other distinctions tied to the lw sense peu, such as those of eating and breathing, and fullness and emptiness. Les cookies assurent le bon fonctionnement de Babelio. Taking the functions of containment, protection, and inscription as mo three prime examples, he shows that the skin operates as a surrogate ego for the infant, since it is the skin that performs the vital tasks the fully-fledged ego will eventually perform.


International Journal of Critical Psychologyvol. With this understanding comes a sense of containment and, by extension, individuality. Hybridity, Dialogism, PerformativityLondon: Insofar as it is more primitive than its tactile counterpart, the sound bath functions in the first instance as a sort of substitute skin ego. Yet, as his work with a patient named Gethsemane makes clear, the skin ego can also be based on psychic envelopes that are linked to the olfactory sense.

Put differently, Gethsemane had not fully acceded to the realm of the skin ego but had, instead, remained in the realm of the shared skin. Didier Anzieu, Gender and the Sense of Touch. What is more, as a child Rodolphe used to swallow air while eating, prau often still does.

To avoid this feeling, the individual may, according to Anzieu, act aggressively on his or her skin in an attempt to reclaim and re-territorialize it and, by extension, force it to contain him or her when the skin ego proves unable to do so.

Perhaps the most telling strand in his writings, however, was that of the so-called Skin-Ego, and the related concept of the “Psychic Envelope”. This was my first counter-transferential resistance, the assumption that the material most insistently present in the sessions has nothing to do with psychoanalysis because it was neither put into words nor had any apparent status as communication.

This understanding of sound as a crucial and, indeed, pequ psychic envelope could prove useful to a wide-range of contemporary theorists — particularly those interested in thinking critically about phenomena like the cultural politics of music or the social implications of noise.

Le Moi-peau – Didier Anzieu – Babelio

Similarly, when he eats, he is often unable to keep food down and has a tendency to expel it as he breathes out. Without a reality-adapted ego and, by extension, the capacity for thought, the infant makes sense of the world around it in the only way it can: In other words, the skin of the psyche is not only a tactile skin, but an auditory skin, an olfactory skin, a gustatory skin, and a visual skin.


A countrywoman by origin, she rarely washed herself, except for her face and hands. A Study of Sensitive Space: That is, like the skin of an onion, the skin of the psyche is structured by layers that interlock one with the other. L’enfant et anziu famille Donald W. Freud et les autres Signaler ce contenu Voir la page de la citation. This is an important point in a chapter devoted to the work of Didier Anzieu, given that Anzieu rejects the Lacanian view that the ego is always already structured like a moebius oeau Anzieu,p.

Black Skins, Black Masks: As a result, it is the skin ego that organizes and synthesizes the stimuli directed at the mind. Course in General Linguistics. A well-defined psychic skin is, therefore, necessary for individuation and, ultimately, individuality. Anzieu’s work encouraged dermatologists to use psychotherapeutic approaches in parallel to classical dermatologic approaches, when necessary, and helped them better understand how psychoanalysts work with patients who have not yet acquired their own “Moi-peau”.

For Fausto-Sterling, this approach requires that three principles be kept in view: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory. The Language of Psycho-Analysis.

Jean Laplanche recommends that the concept of anaclisis be reserved for the support the sexual drives find in the organic functions of self-preservation, but I want to give it a broader interpretation.

Didier Anzieu

The Psychic Envelope For Anzieu, the skin ego is modelled not only on the experience of the tactile sense organ, but on the experience of the auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and visual sense organs. Yet the fact that the skin ego is superseded by the thinking ego does not make the prau ego any less fundamental. While the infant is handled and held by its caregiver, the pleasures of the skin are awakened and the erogenous zones are enlivened. Didier Anzieu is an intriguing figure in contemporary Amzieu psychoanalysis.

For Grosz, this construct is useful insofar as it illustrates how insides and outsides are both irreducible to and constitutive of one another. Views Read Edit View history.

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