As part of this theoretical psychoanalytical movement, Didier Anzieu, a French psychoanalyst, started to develop the concept of the “Moi-peau” in En inventant il y a plus de trente ans la métaphore du Moi-peau, Didier Anzieu a instauré la question des limites au centre de la psychanalyse, sur la base d’une. Didier Anzieu was a distinguished French psychoanalyst. Contents. 1 Life; 2 On Freud’s of the skin-container takes on a life of its own shap[ing] Didier Anzieu’s influential concept of the psychic envelope in The Skin-Ego (Le Moi- peau) ‘.

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Anzieu argues that the body ego is always already a skin ego. To be sure, neither Merleau-Ponty nor Anzieu is — strictly speaking — new to the Anglo-American scene. Cet analyste s’appelait Didier Anzieu. Face to face with these fantasies, the patient is then in a position to be able to make sense of the repressed desires they represent.

The baby, then, does not understand itself as a separate or singular being at this point in its life. Signaler ce contenu Voir la page de la citation. The psychical apparatus develops through successive stages of breaking with its biological bases, breaks which on the one hand make it possible to escape from biological laws and, on the other, make it necessary to look for an anaclitic relationship of every psychical to a bodily function.

It also helped dermatologists to recognize patients with “borderline” states, which are particularly frequent in dermatology ereutophobia, dysmorphophobia, tattooing, self-mutilation, artefacta dermatitis.

From the Skin Ego to the Psychic Envelope: An Introduction to the Work of Didier Anzieu

In her groundbreaking book Volatile BodiesElizabeth A. Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. As a result, whenever Gethsemane needed to feel whole and protected — particularly when confronted with his own aggressive feelings — he started to sweat.

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Anzieu studied philosophy and was a pupil of Daniel Lagachebefore undertaking his first psychoanalysis with Jacques Lacan. Although within our intellectual heritage there is no language in which to describe such concepts, no terminology that does not succumb to versions of this polarisation, some kind of understanding of embodied subjectivityof psychical corporealityneeds to be developed.

In my view, this non-oedipal approach allows us to think psychoanalytically about embodied subjectivity in general, and embodied trauma in particular, in ways that avoid privileging male bodies and pathologizing female bodies.


The skin ego is not, however, straightforwardly given to the infant; it must be achieved. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Similarly, if the sounds emitted by the caregiver are impersonal, they are less likely to be experienced as responsive and, as such, are less likely to serve as the foundation of primitive reflexivity.

In other words, the acquisition of the skin ego marks the point at which the infant is able to transpose its somatic experiences of the skin onto the psychic plane and figure them psychically. The “Moi-peau” designates a fantasized reality that a child uses during its early development to represent itself as “me”, based on its experience of the body surface.

Anzieu was among the first to reconcile dermatologists and psychoanalysts.

More specifically, Rodolphe explained how when he smokes, he fills his lungs with smoke and keeps it in without being able to breathe. Up to this point, my allusions to the functions of the skin ego have related to those of containment, protection, and inscription. As a result, his work gives us a developmental approach that stresses the radically relational nature of embodied experience. For instance, he claimed to enjoy the burning feeling of smoke in his lungs. Indeed, for her, the moebius strip model is useful for thinking not so much about the ego but about the mutually constitutive relationship between inside and outside.

He retained a deep grudge against Lacan’s lack of candor and later also condemned the excesses and arbitrary practices of the Lacanians — highlighting the latter’s ‘unending dependence on an idol, a logic, or a language’, as well as the pervasively tantalizing element in Lacan’s approach, with ‘fundamental truths to be revealed For the human being to develop healthily, the skin ego must be superseded by what Anzieu calls the thinking ego for it is the latter, not the former, that allows for the development of symbolic thought and elaboration, language and desire.

The child, enveloped in its mother’s care, fantasizes of a skin shared with its mother: Alizade, Feminine Sexuality London p. As Anzieu puts it:. In order for the sound envelope to be strong and supportive, it must be constituted by an array of both manageable and meaningful sounds — that is, sounds that are neither excessive nor impersonal.

Once somatic functions have been transposed onto the psychic plane, they are no longer somatically-specific but psychically-specific; and, once they are psychically-specific, they are propelled more by psychosocial forces than by neurophysiological forces. Both non-dualist and non-determinist, the work of Didier Anzieu can be seen to say at least three key things about human subjectivity.


Taking the functions of containment, anzidu, and inscription as his three prime examples, he shows that the skin operates as a surrogate ego for the infant, since it is the skin that performs anziei vital tasks the fully-fledged ego will eventually perform. All names are pseudonyms chosen by Anzieu. That is, like the skin of an onion, the skin of the psyche is structured by layers that interlock one with the other. Didier Anzieu, Gender and the Sense of Touch anziu Le moi-peau et la psychanalyse des limites Catherine Chabert 1 citation.

Similarly, by bringing into relief the anaclitic relationship between the psychic qnzieu and mou physical skin, Anzieu demonstrates that human development is the product of a dynamic relationship between that which is inside and that which is outside. According to Anzieu, then, the senses of sound, smell, taste and sight interlock with the sense of touch to form the skin of the psyche.

The Structures and Functions of the Skin Ego Up to this point, my allusions to the functions of the skin ego have related to those of containment, protection, and inscription.

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Autres livres de Didier Anzieu 23 Voir plus. In other words, Gethsemane needed to confront his anger, rather than splitting it off and sweating it out through the pores of the skin. Instead, I merely present the argument — in what are, admittedly, simplified terms — and encourage others to engage more heartily with it in the future. Just as the constant stimulation of the body by physical stimuli is managed mli the skin, the constant stimulation of the mind by mental stimuli is managed by the skin ego.

I would like to thank the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Fondation Ricard, and the Social Azieu and Humanities Research Council of Canada for funding the research that led to the publication of this paper.