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Jacques Lacan Studies:

On Transference from Freud to Lacan

New Cycle of 11 sessions for 2018

Tuesdays, bi-weekly, 6:30-8PM

Jan. 16, 30, Feb. 13, 27, Mar. 13, 27, Apr. 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5, 2018

CE/CME Award:

16.5 CE/CME credits




Norma Schwarz, MSW

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016

On transference:  From Freud to Lacan

Freud discovered a new kind of love and he named it “Transference Love.”

While Breuer suddenly stopped Ana O’s treatment in 1882 (note 1), 10 years would pass before he wrote about it for publication (note 2). Freud didn’t publish any theoretical work on transference until 1912, with “On Dynamic of Transference,”  in spite of  knowing  the power that transference plays in each treatment. This first work was followed by a series of other texts on transference until 1926 when transference is consecrated as one of the three “pillars” of Freud’s analytical theory.

Lacan returned to Freud to review the role of transference in treatment, explaining and expanding its role in his analysis of Dora’s case. Lacan addresses this in a presentation at the 1951 Congress of “Romance Language–Speaking Psychoanalysts” (note 3). Lacan also argued with the post-Freudian understanding of the concept of countertransference, reviewing and discussing cases by Margaret Little, Lucia Tower, Leopold Kris, and others.

In the Seminar 8, 1960-1961, Lacan dedicated the year to the concept of transference, focusing on the relationship between love and desire and the place they occupy in transference. His analysis of Plato’s Symposium, 385-370 BC, gave a new light to the concept.

Lacan continued to work on transference and in Seminar 11, 1964, “The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis,” (note 4) he placed transference among them. Continuing with Socrates, and returning to Freud, Lacan said “… the transference effect. This effect is love. It is clear that, like all love, it can be mapped, as Freud shows, only in the field of narcissism. To love is, essentially, to wish to be loved”.  Lacan articulates the concept of transference with his concept of “subject supposed to know,”  which remains central to Lacan’s view of the transference. Indeed, it is this view of the transference which has come to be seen as Lacan’s most complete attempt to theorize the matter. 

We will follow and discuss this trajectory in the upcoming seminar dedicated to Jacques Lacan. 

(1)  S. Freud, An Autobiographical Study: The Standard Ed. Vol XX.

“But over the final stage of the treatment, there rested a veil of obscurity, which Breuer never raised for me; and I could not understand why he had long kept secret what seemed to me an invaluable discovery….”

(2) Breuer and Freud, 1893. “On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena: Preliminary Communication” Standard Ed. Vol II.

(3) J. Lacan, “Presentation on Transference”- Ecrits, 2006, translated by B. Flink

(4) J. Lacan, “Transference: The Seminars of Jacques Lacan”, Sem. VIII.

(5) J. Lacan, “The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis,” Sem. XI


Norma Schwarz, MSW completed her studies in psychology in Argentina in 1966 and started a practice as a psychoanalyst immediately thereafter. She emigrated to Spain in 1976 where she continued her practice until 1994 when she came to the USA.  Since the beginning of her clinical practice, she has incorporated Lacanian thinking about the way in which psychoanalysis must be practiced, studied, and transmitted.  The works and teachings of Jacques Lacan have been an ongoing passion of hers.

Norma Schwartz has led a Study Group on Lacan under the sponsorship of the Washington School of Psychiatry since 2002.



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