A non-critique for a non-documentary: "història potencial de Francesc Tosquelles, Catalunya i la por" by Mireia Sallarès

Yesterday there were quite a few of us at the CCCB for the screening of "Història potencial de Francesc Tosquelles, Catalunya i la por" directed by Mireia Sallarès and Joana Masó as co-screenwriter. Mireia is a post-conceptual artist, Joana a philologist and writer of a beautiful book "Tosquelles, curar les institucions” that revolves around the psychiatrist's legacy ... Read more


Trauma and subjectivities

The unexpected rupture into Europe at the beginning of 2020 was shocking. It caught us by surprise, was not anticipated and, therefore, could not have been avoided. That was the first sign of trauma, a trauma called Covid that changed the contemporary world as we had hitherto known it. It was a sudden installation of something that was going to be different and where our memory was not enough to be able to recognize the horror to come ... Read more


Career guidance for teens with Lego®

Workshop given at Learnlife on career guidance for teens ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Free on social networks?

Freedom in social networks for a desired staging: bling bling or minimalist, accelerated or zen, bodily or landscaping ... always at an angle of magnificent fullness, sometimes overflowing towards the grossest ostentation ... Read more


MOVIES_Arab blues (or the liberated word)

Manele Labidi's debut feature tells us the story of a young psychoanalyst trained in Paris, who decides to return to Tunisia, her country of origin, just after the social and political revolution of the “Arab Spring” takes place. Her uncles leave her a flat on the roof of a building in the Ezzahra neighborhood. There, she begins to receive patients. From Paris she brings a photograph of Freud with a fez and hangs it on a wall in her new office, possibly to remind her of how to practice in a country emerging from a totalitarian regime ... Read more


MOVIES_My brother Juan

My brother Juan is a short film from 2019. It is a very short film: ten minutes including the credits. The Granada sisters Cristina and Maria José Martín wrote the screenplay and directed it. It is their first fiction film. Until this short film, their career had focused on music documentaries. It is no coincidence that the main character is played by the actress and singer Leonor Watling and that Dani Martín and Coque Malla collaborate in this short film that is able to portray so many things in such a short time ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Hooked on the "like"

In the eighties the great hook was on drugs, especially heroin, the ultimate escape, instant Nirvana, a placid excessiveness. In the nineties it was ecstasy,  although less deadly, still attracted flight. Currently, drug use, although it is rarely  talked about in the media, continues to affect a considerable percentage of the population, and in these numbers, the oversized prescription of psychotropic drugs is included ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Sexuation and neutral gender

Beyond the narratives that explain the biological differences between the sexes and the meaning of the myths that each one reproduces in their own particular imagination, there is a logic that orders sexuation; the logic that J. Lacan resorted to on several occasions in order not to turn his theorisation into absolute truths. With logic he sought the general principles of the phenomena he studied, highlighting ideas in a coherent succession and accentuating the impossible that emerged within the contradictions that logic reveals. Let us follow Lacan’s thought ... Read more



The TRANS-gender signifier could be thought of as a symptom of our time, which fundamentally questions and challenges the male/female binary, questioning the subjective sexual structures par excellence: homo-sexuality and hetero-sexuality.  ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Why face-to-face psychotherapy?

Deafening decibels in a concert with 3000 people jumping and raising their arms, the  football fans screams echoing down the field after a goal is scored, the breath that is held before the flip of a trapeze artist 5 meters from where we sit ... these are live experiences that shake us. Broadcast through a screen, however, the impact is anaesthetised ... Read more


MOVIES_"Knives Out" (or the decline of the patriarchal family)

Rian Jonhson, in his typical manner of redefining cinematographic rules, returns to surprise us with his latest film Knives Out, following the same unconventional style as his films “Brick” (2005), “Looper” (2012) and “The Last Jedi” (2017) ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_The practice of psychologists in the time of covid

The new circumstances imposed by covid-19 coincide with the coordinates of  war. Marcelo Ferraro in the article “turn off habits: test subjects”, analyzes the situation in Argentina, emphasizing a parallel with the war: there is an enemy, a threatened community, fears, the surprise factor and  not having enough weapons yet to face it nor defeat it ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_ADHD in the era of the rush

Currently, the three fundamental considered symptoms disorder with or without hyperactivity attention deficit are the deficit of attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It must be said that these symptoms are increasingly common in the family, scholar and social environments. In addition, ADHD is usually accompanied by some other diagnosis, eg. mood disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, learning disorder, anxiety, conduct disorder...  ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_What is doing today psychoanalysis with autism.

Autism treatment from psychoanalysis part of the experience of the threatening / invasion that the autism has in relation to the other. Thus, it is not from the consideration that is a subject misfit we must normalize their behaviour, via a tax-learning, but a way that the autistic subject opens in a favourable context, a context that will host the interests he outlines by strangers or insignificants they may seem in the eyes of a standard curriculum ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Lacanian psychoanalysis versus ABA method for the ASD treatment

The ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) method appears repeatedly when talking about autism. Under a banner of scientific rigour, procedures and behavioural techniques for reducing behaviours considered "inadequate" and adopting other behaviours and "appropriate" skills are applied ... Read more



From 2002 that the Autism was declared “The Grand National Cause” by the French government, methods for treating autism spectrum acquire a political and social dimension. Eric Laurent, in “The Battle of Autism. From the Clinical to the Political”, analyses the details of the media debate which they broke from political decisions. Laurent displays the ups and downs of these policies, their bases and consequences. From the scientific assumptions based in figures, it is achieved disavow the clinical knowledge non-malleable to the figures ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_ 2nd, April World Autism Awareness Day

On 27 November 2007, the UN General Assembly, declared on 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day. UN warns of a new reality in the world there are more autistic, which requires awareness, to reflect society about what is autism and is being done with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With disorder is the idea aside syndrome with increased medical connotation and the word spectrum is emphasized that all is not the same autism, there is no standard or type of a person with autism pattern ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_ADHD in the era of the rush

Currently, the three fundamental considered symptoms disorder with or without hyperactivity attention deficit are the deficit of attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It must be said that these symptoms are increasingly common in the family, scholar and social environments. In addition, ADHD is usually accompanied by some other diagnosis, eg. mood disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, learning disorder, anxiety, conduct disorder ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_What ways open in this crisis of classifications? 9/9

Eric Laurent, from his field of research, psychoanalysis, proposes three ways. The first has to do with the critical stance that should be taken at the tendency of the current psychopathology find the perfect rating, warning about the effects of neglect of the subject because of this exhaustive list of descriptive psychopathology. The second way has to do with the categories "off - label" generated by these same classifications. For much description, for a lot of control there are gaps that make incomplete the system. ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Possible responses from users in the Mental Health system 8/9

DSM bureaucracy, with its statistics on what is right and what is wrong, also has another use, which is the use that labeling can do with it. Not the same a Psychotic in the twentieth century that a bipolar, autistic or hyperactive in the XXI century ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Binomial Abandonment - Surveillance 7/9

The rupture between research and clinical practice, the monopoly on the statistics applied to mental health, the medicalization of mental distress that leave the patients at their own makes more important the management of mental health that the individual treatment of a person determined. And, as Laurent points out in his article "The post-DSM crisis and psychoanalysis" this abandonment is offset by a hyper-vigilance to the population through health bureaucracies.  ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Where will be the future medical research? 6/9

DSM crisis is not only due to its epistemic foundations. There are other voices than their DSM voices in the scientific and technological fields that invite break new ground in medical research. The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) is critical to the appearance of DSM5. He sees little difference with the previous version and confirms that its strength is in the "inter-rater reliability" and its weakness in its "scientific validity" ... Read more


THEATRE_Interview with Pablo Macho, founding partner of Teatro Laura alongside Ivet Zamora

On April 16, 2016, the Laura Company premiered “La Trinxera” at the Lluís de Gràcia theatre. The Laura Company was one of three young and emerging companies chosen from amongst fifty to showcase their work following a theatrical residency ... Read more



Hacking check on his Lost in Forest (2013) the causes of the crisis DSMV. His conclusion is emphatic and radical. The DSM project applies the botanical pattern emerged in the eighteenth century, to classify the disease. ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_What Demazeux say? 4/9

To Demazeux, logical-positivist current of DSM is already outdated. The DSM built an artificial language on these premises, a language not referred to the issue of reference but defined criteria that made possible to eliminate the vagueness and misunderstanding ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_Frances - Laurent to the crisis of DSM 3/9

For Frances, DSM diagnostic inflation has to do with the context, not the text. It is then to see how they are applying the DSM, not the DSM itself. One example: after the appearance of DSM-IV in 1997, the US government authorizes direct advertising of psychotropic drugs. The marketing is directed from that time, doctors and consumers. metaphors as "chemical imbalance" and the medicalization of disease goes by the logic of FMCG are invented. A no limit is set so that parents' associations also want access to diagnostics to benefit from appropriate services: no diagnosis, no access to services. ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_The crisis of DSM and contemporary discomfort 2/9

Eric Laurent's article, entitled "The Crisis and post-DSM psychoanalysis" published in lacanian magazines –digital and print- responds to the book of Allen Frances « Saving Normal. An Insider’s Look at the epidemic of mental illness » published in 2013. And from this book takes a tour of the main actors and institutions involved in this crisis ... Read more


CONTEMPORARY_SYMPTOMS_The perfect language 1/9

The first edition « Saving normal. An insider’s look at the epidemic of mental illness » of Frances Allen appears in 2013. On the back of the book, they tell us that he has won the award for the most controversial book of the year by the German magazine Bild der Wissenschaft book. What makes it so controversial? Frances Allen, a psychiatrist and president of the committee of DSM IV, writes this book to warn of the dangers of inflation diagnosis of mental illness that the DSM have been created along its editions. Today, in the fifth, Frances gives a ... Read more


MOVIES_À ciel ouvert

À ciel ouvert is Mariana Otero's latest documentary. It had released in France in 2013 and arrived our cinemas in October 2014. The viewing of the documentary does not leave you indifferent, it removes consciences and resonates in your most intimate self. ... Read more


MOVIES_About Llewyn David by Coen Brothers

The latest film by the Coen brothers is wonderful; its strange power emanates an influence that lasts and that is difficult to escape. The power of music, territory where some human beings are hopelessly trapped, contributes substantially to do so, but not only ... Read more


MOVIES_"Others Voices" by Iván Ruiz

At midnight on Wednesday 4 April, just before the rain began, the sidewalks of Torrijos Street, which houses the Verdi cinema in Barcelona, ​​were witness to the widespread joy shown by those who had just left the premiere of “Unes Altres Veus/Other Voices”, the documentary by our colleague Iván Ruíz Acero. A sense of joy that was not in a hurry to be hidden, content to be shared, each of us in our own way. Because the materialization of the idea and work present in the happy collaboration between Teidees and TEAdir, an audio-visual producer and an association of ... Read more


MOVIES_ME & YOU by Bernardo Bertolucci

Me & You, a film by the consecrated director Bernardo Bertolucci (2013), is like one of those tiny seeds that leaves an aroma that lingers in the mouth and can be tasted for days. Because what I think that this film manages to do is not solely achieved by cinematic technique, it’s much more than just that, given that at the end, everything dissolves into something fragile, which in turn shows the filth of the world, the radical solitude into which bodies are torn, filthy and trapped within a feeling that is bigger than themselves, illuminating the power of ... Read more