What About the Transferential Unconscious ? by Thomas Van Rumst


About the Knotting Seminar from Tel Aviv

“You speak of the real unconscious, but what about the transferential unconscious in this cure?” This concerns the cure of a little autistic girl. A clinic of signifier as an object and of the object as a signifier, a clinic of circuits and Noa Geffen, who spoke to us about this little young lady, took hold of the tools that this subject offered her. So in this narrative, the family history of this young girl was not taken into account. Paradigmatic. The question was timely.

The real unconscious is there from the beginning of a cure, beyond the transferential unconscious and from the outset the cure will be directed towards the real. Both unconscious are there all the time. This is “the equivocation between the imaginary and the real of which the unconscious participates”.

It is this little girl who directed Noa Geffen so that Noa “did not annoy her with her comments”. Here, in this cure, it is rather the transferential unconscious of the analyst that is directed: on the side of the Other. And it is there that it must remain if the psychoanalysis is not a swindle. The autistic child is not mistaken there.

It is therefore up to the analyst to take charge of ones’ own transferential unconscious.  But how to endure this? “This girl drives me crazy “she said in supervision, before testifying at the Knotting Seminar. It is where the transferential unconscious of the analyst passed with its formative effects for those who were present.

But this does not only apply to the cures of autistic children. It is because they, more than others show us that the real unconscious is there from the outset in the cure. So they hinder our belief that the real has a meaning. We are therefore forced to an asceticism. Hence the importance of supervision and one’s own analysis, as formation of the analyst.

The unconscious has no need to be formed, it is there, un-eliminable. That an address to the School is and remains necessary, even and especially after the end of an analysis shows that transference is not just an deceitful semblance in relation to the real of the clinic, but a necessary semblant and in that way: political.

Tel Aviv – Brussels, 26th March 2017

Translated by Joanne Conway