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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And the reason for this relates precisely to the role that words and their sounds play in early infancy, where, as I have already mentioned, they serve as substitute skin egos. And finally, Anzieu maintains that, in order to think subjectivity in far-reaching and inclusive terms, we must anzeu alive to questions of pain and suffering as they are played out in the lives of real people.

What is more, because the baby functions according to the primary processes, it experiences its skin and the stimuli impinging on anziej through phantasy.

I attributed this particular feature of my patient either to his biological make-up or to his social milieu.

Le Moi-peau – Didier Anzieu – Babelio

Similarly, by bringing into relief the anaclitic relationship between the psychic skin and the physical skin, Anzieu demonstrates that human development is the product of a dynamic relationship between that which is inside and that which is outside.

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”.


I would also like to thank Daphne Briggs and the editors of the collection for their helpful comments on earlier drafts. 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.

As Anzieu puts it: In the same way the skin supports the skeletal and muscular systems, the skin ego supports the psychic systems. 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.

Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory. Anzieu and Tarrad,pp. In terms of groups, Anzieu also maintained that ‘there is no group without a common skin, a containing envelope, which makes it possible for its members to experience the existence of a group self’.

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As Anzieu puts it:. Put differently, pesu primitive pleasures serve as the first and most fundamental support for the development of the sexual drives.

A Study of Sensitive Space: Second, the literal skin — and particularly the sense of touch with which it is associated — is no longer privileged to the same extent. Du Moi-peau au M. Conclusion Both non-dualist and non-determinist, the work of Didier Anzieu can be seen to say at least three key things about human subjectivity.

I would like to thank the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Fondation Ricard, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Peaj for funding the research that led to the publication of this paper. Le classique des classiques. With this understanding comes a sense of containment and, by extension, individuality.

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

Like Lacan, however, Winnicott accentuates the visual signals. In my view, he does so largely because considerations of the visual sense have — up until quite recently — tended to eclipse considerations of the other senses and their role in psychic development.


This is the name Didier Anzieu gives to the visual dream-film, the fine, ephemeral membrane which he thinks of as replacing the tactile envelope of the ego’s vulnerable skin’.

While the infant is handled and held by its caregiver, the pleasures of the skin are awakened and the erogenous zones are enlivened. Autres livres de Didier Anzieu 23 Voir plus. These limitations can, however, be overcome. Anzieu’s work allowed dermatologists and other specialists, such as pediatricians, to focus on the quality of early tactile exchanges between a mother and her child, including the child with a chronic skin disorder. A well-defined psychic skin is, therefore, necessary for individuation and, ultimately, individuality.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. From the Skin Ego to the Psychic Envelope: It mki helped dermatologists to recognize patients with “borderline” states, which are particularly frequent in dermatology ereutophobia, dysmorphophobia, tattooing, self-mutilation, artefacta dermatitis.

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Les enfants de Jocaste Christiane Olivier. A few words of warning before we proceed. The challenge to structuralist and poststructuralist paradigms has anziey in the arrival of two new figures on the Anglo-American scene: