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Le jeu suppléance et la forclusion

Abstract : In two previous articles, we proposed a three-part categorization of children’s games as encountered in the cure. Based as it is on the games’ unconscious mechanisms rather than on their manifest structures, this classification proposes a distinction between the “trompe-l’oeil” game, whose logic is related to negation (Verneinung); the “decoy” game, whose logic is related to disavowal (Verleugnung); and the “suppléance” game, whose logic is related to foreclusion (Verwerfung). Here we study the third type of game through examples found in the works of Klein and Winnicott. After a review of these authors’ interpretations and a dialogue with their theoretical intuitions, we formulate the following hypothesis: that the function of these games consists in giving form to the Real -- in the Lacanian sense -- that is, in “imaginarizing” that which cannot be symbolized. We suggest that, playing as it does the role of suppléance, this type of game represents an “attempt at recovery” on the part of the child. At the same time, we are forced to recognize that this play-system also contains a permanent risk – that it will transform into mere reiteration, leading to a therapeutic dead-end. Because of this paradoxical logic, we will be led, in order to envisage the “suppléance” game’s reception in the cure, to interrogate its place in the dynamic of the transference, that is, to pass from the question of the game in the cure to that of the game-like cure.
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Marie Lenormand. Le jeu suppléance et la forclusion. Recherches en psychanalyse, Université Paris 7- Denis Diderot, 2014. ⟨hal-01330824⟩



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