Reading Laplanche while wondering how to go on

“It may indeed be questioned whether we have any memories at all from our childhood; memories relating to our childhood may be all that we possess.”  (quoted from S. Freud, “Screen Memories”)

Jean Laplanche (1924-2012)

“…[I]nfantile scenes — the ones with which psychoanalysis is concerned — are first and foremost messages….

The development of the human individual is to be understood as an attempt to master, to translate, these enigmatic, traumatizing messages.”

from Jean Laplanche, “Interpretation Between Determinism and Hermeneutics,” in Essays on Otherness (Routledge, 1999).

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