Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jacques van Rillaer Writes About Stuart Schneiderman

Modesty prevents me from telling you how great Jacques van Rillaer’s new article is. After all, the subject of the article is your humble blogger. Van Rillaer is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Louvain, in Belgium.

In the linked post he reviews in considerable detail my professional peregrinations. Naturally, since it is coming from Belgium, it is written in French. This will be good news to some and not-so-good news for others. If your French is a bit rusty, this article is a good reason to brush up.


Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I don't know French. Congratulations on the article. Perhaps you could provide a translation for our benefit? And, of course, so Ares can disagree with what van Rillaer says.

"Peregrinations" is a great word!

Sam L. said...

My French is non. jambon, & Un Chien Andalus.

Ares Olympus said...

Never fear, google translate is here.

It looks good; if I only knew someone who was a Freudian psychoanalyst, I'd tell him to repent!
After about thirty years of psychoanalytic practice, Schneiderman reoriented himself towards a coaching practice inspired by the cognitive-behavioral approach. His clients played an important role in this change: they wanted to engage more productively in life. They said, "That's my problem, what should I do about it? Less and less said: "That's my problem, what does that mean?" Obviously people wanted guidance, not interpretations. They had rejected the traditional conception of therapy. They wanted practical advice.
One of Schneiderman's main theses is that Freud wanted to do science, but produced a pseudoscience, which eventually turned into pseudo-religion, with a cult, "novices" initiated by the rite of Didactics, sacred texts, dogmas, "schisms" and the indexing of books. With Lacan, the situation worsened.
The situation of psychoanalysis in the United States has not improved since the 1970s: "In the United States, fewer and fewer psychoanalysts are still practicing psychoanalysis. Some continue to call themselves psychoanalysts, but they spend more and more time writing prescriptions and coaching rather than practicing Freud's "dangerous method"