Everyday Life in institutions : alienation or freedom?

Issue 16 : January, 2019
ISBN : 9782749261614

The setting of institutions that take care of psychological suffering mainly serves to contain death anxiety such as the potentially disorganizing overflow of excitement. However, everyday life of these institutions can provoke alienation of those that are welcomed, separated from the narcissistic bases of their life outside and locked within a dependency situation. Like a mirror of this psychological suffering, the caregivers can also feel locked up within defensive rituals from which any meaning is deprived, but that prove the depression and splitting that freeze and exhaust any psychological life. What are the conditions necessary for an institution to not help defend itself from this instinctual threat but help welcome an emotional life, the spreading of transference and the possibility to introject another relationship to the environment ?


Michel BRIOUL, Pierre CHARAZAC, Charlotte COSTANTINO, Frédérique COUALLIER, Jean-Baptiste DESVEAUX, Catherine DUCARRE, Arlette DURUAL, Nicolas GOUGOULIS, Loïc JACQUET, Béatrice LABROUSSE, Anne-Laure LAMBERTON, Christine LOUCHARD CHARDON, Yves MORHAIN, Patrick PERRARD, Jean-Pierre PINEL

Table of contents


Patrick de Saint-Jacob

Introduction, Charlotte Costantino


  1.  « Institutional Traumas », Jean-Pierre Pinel
  2.  « Pandemonium, Violences and Restraints: teenagers’ everyday life in therapeutic and educational institutions »,  Jean-Baptiste Desveaux
  3. « Transforming a Crisis into an Opportunity: Every Day Work in a Crisis Center », Nicolas Gougoulis


  1.  « Psychoanalysis in Psychiatric Institutions: Splitting, Conflict, Conflictuality », Catherine Ducarre
  2. « Educational Opportunities Stemming from Conflict in Everyday Therapeutic Work (child protection, child delinquency) », Loïc JACQUET
  3. « Tyranny and Submission in the Relationship with Demented Elderlies »,  Christine Louchard Chardon et Yves Morhain
  4.  « A Sufficiently Alienating Institution, or What makes an Encounter? »,  Béatrice Labrousse
  5. « About Oral and Anal Instincts in Nursing Homes », Pierre Charazac


  1. « An Institution, Eight Functions or how to find the way after going down the wrong pipe », Frédérique Couallier
  2. « Everyday Life in Institution. The Dance of Present Time », Michel Brioul
  3. « « Surreptitiously Treating Patients » a focus group between conflict regulation and therapeutic support », Anne-Laure Lamberton
  4. « Everyday Life in Institutions », Arlette Durual et Patrick Perrard

See also

Les figures de la peur en institution

Fear figures in the institution

La vie quotidienne en institution : aliénation ou libération ?

Everyday Life in institutions : alienation or freedom?

La vie quotidienne : le véritable enjeu du soin psychique en institution ?

« Everyday Life : Institutional Care’s True Stake ? »

Les fonctions de la répétition

Repetition’s Functions

La répétition : entre résistance et changement

Repetition : from Resistance to Change ?

Les médiations : un dispositif thérapeutique ?

Mediations : a therapeutic device ?

Médiations, lien et symbolisation

Mediations, bonding and symbolization

L'acte : court-circuit ou relance ?

The act : short circuit or revival ?

Clinique de l'agir : décharge ou adresse objectale ?

Acting Out : Discharge or Object Intent?

La dépendance : de la fusion à la confusion

Dependency : from Fusion to Confusion

Dépendances avec fin, dépendances sans fin

Dependency with an End, Dependency without End

Ordres et désordres de l'oralité aux différents âges de la vie

Orality Orders and Disorders at Different Times of Life

Du traumatisme aux voies thérapeutiques possibles

From Trauma to Possible Therapeutic Paths

De la perte au renoncement

From Loss to Renunciation

Les enjeux de la pluridisciplarité

The Challenges of Multidisciplinarity

De l'effraction au traumatisme

From Intrusion to Trauma

Contenance et soin psychique

Containers and Psychic Care


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