Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis : mid-May 1948 (Brussels) : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on May 15, 1948

Theoretical report presented to the 11th Congrès des Psychanalystes de langue français, Brussels, mid-May 1948

– Translated by Alan Sheridan : p8 to 29 of Écrits, a selection : 1977 : Tavistock Publications :

Available at /Lacan

Or published bilingual by at here

– Translated by Bruce Fink as ‘Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis’ in Écrits, the First Complete Edition in English : 2002 : W W Norton & Co : p82 to 101

Published in French

1) Revue Française de Psychanalyse XII, Vol 2, (1948) p366-388

2) Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan : See here


Chapter 2: Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis : From p42 of A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson : Information here

Available at /Lacan

References to Freud:

Note : Many of Sigmund Freud’s texts are now available bilingual at, or some links are given Sigmund Freud’s texts available electronically   or here

– ‘Freud expressed in the term death instinct’ : Beyond the Pleasure Principle : 1920 : Sigmund Freud

– ‘and sometimes discursive enough to enter the ‘negative therapeutic reaction’ that interested Freud so much’ : The Ego and the Id : 1923 : Sigmund Freud

– p21 When speaking of the problem of repression Freud asks himself where the ego obtains the energy it puts at the service of the ‘reality principle’ : Probably Repression : (1915d) : Sigmund Freud

– p23 Totem and Taboo: 1912-1913 : Sigmund Freud

– p25 Civilization and its Discontents: 1929: Sigmund Freud

A historical reflection

From Le Congrès des Psychanalystes des pays romans: quelques éléments d’histoire : 1991 : Alain de Mijolla See  here 

– Rudolph Loewenstein was both Sacha Nacht’s and Jacques Lacan’s analyst.  Nacht opposes Loewenstein in the 1938 session

– This eleventh conference, (Congrès des Psychanalystes) held in Brussels between May 14 and 17, 1948, was organized around Sacha Nacht’s paper “Les manifestations cliniques de l’agressivité et leur rôle dans le traitement psychanalytique” (Clinical manifestations of aggression and their role in psycho-analytic treatment; 1948) and Jacques Lacan’s paper “L’agressivité en psychanalyse” (Aggression in psychoanalysis; 1948). [Information Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis : mid-May 1948 (Brussels) : Jacques Lacan or here]

– This conference (1948) was distinguished most of all by the presence of Melanie Klein, who, however, failed to make converts among French psychoanalysts.

– on October 16, 1951, the conference changed its name to the Conference of Romance-Language Psychoanalysts, an extension attributed to Jacques Lacan.

– In 1953 a sixteenth special conference was held in Rome. The division of the Société psychanalytique de Paris (Paris Psychoanalytic Society) (SPP) in June divided the conference into two parts. In one, the members of the society listened to Emilio Servadio, Francis Pasche, René Spitz (who came from New York), Serge Lebovici, and René Diatkine. They then departed, and members of the new Société française de psychanalyse (French Society of Psychoanalysis) entered to listen to Jacques Lacan’s paper “Fonction et champ de la parole et du langage en psychanalyse” (The function and field of language in psychoanalysis). [Information The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan  or here

– Jealously simmering in the Paris Psychoanalytic Society tore the two rival societies apart for more than a decade, and the following conferences of French-speaking psychoanalysts fit into the general strategy of the two societies’ struggle for influence.

Yet the conferences were also the scene of original theoretical elaborations marking the evolution and deepening of the psychoanalytic thinking of members of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society. This can be seen from a sample of papers presented at the conferences: Sacha Nacht and Serge Lebovici, “Indications et contre-indications de la psychanalyse chez l’adulte” (Indications and contraindications for psychoanalysis for adults; 1954); René Diatkine and Jean Favreau, “Le caractère névrotique” (The neurotic character; 1956); 


See p248  of  Troisième Rapport – Contribution à l’étude des phobies : probably September 1955 (Paris) : Jean Mallet  See  here   


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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sandwich in Kent & London


Further texts

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan Information here

Some Lacanian history here

Lacanian Transmission here

Of the clinic here

Translation Working Group here

From LW working groups here

Use of power here

By Alan Sheridan  here 

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

By Julia Evans here

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan : Information here