Explain the link between Freud’s theory of the libido and his theory of the transference as outlined in his 1912-1915 papers on the topic of transference. Comment on the implications for the addicted subject.
In this research, we have tried to identify the interrelationship between the concepts of transference and suggestion from a Freudian perspective. We selected this object not only for its relevance for the study of psychoanalytic clinic but mostly because it brings into debate the main criticisms towards psychoanalysis, these being: (1) psychoanalysis does not follow scientific logic; and (2) its operation and effectiveness are a result of the use of suggestion.
Regarding the first criticism, we have nothing to add. Such debate, besides having been largely developed by important psychoanalysts and psychoanalysis philosophers (MEZAN, 2006; DUNKER, 2011), finds a well-delineated statute: psychoanalysis does not have the pretension of having as a predicative the scientific rigor imported from the so-called hard sciences. Although its advent does depend on the Cartesian subject, its operation as a device does not owe anything to that logic (DUNKER, 2011). Therefore, in this work we focused our interest on the second criticism. For elucidation purposes, we first summarize the criticism and, subsequently, present the conclusions drawn from the Freudian text under review.