Micropsychoanalysis: a psychoanalysis “under a microscope” - logo

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Micropsychoanalysis is a psychoanalysis of Freudian derivation aimed at understanding and re-balancing of the psyche.

It centres on the process of free associations and is carried out lying on a couch. The technique is characterised by relevant innovations introduced by Silvio Fanti during the nineteen-fifties:

Long sessions
Long sessions have two main characteristics:

• typical duration of three hours
• frequency of at least five times per week.

Technical supports
In certain moments of the work, the analysand studies different documents relating to his or her life:

• his or her genealogical tree
• personal photos and of his or her family
• drawings of places where he or she lived
• various written documents (letters, school notebooks, childhood drawings, personal diary . . .).

The duration and frequency of sessions can be modulated according to the structure of personality and neurotic conflicts in place.
The micropsychoanalyst will suggest either micropsychoanalysis in tranches (some weeks of almost daily sessions), or a continuous micropsychoanalysis (three sessions per week).
The analytical work acquires continuity, depth and coherence through the combination of these two elements (duration and frequency), and from a physiological point of view, firmly roots the analysand’s life in his or her intra-uterine and ancestral experiences.


Symbol of psychoanalysis - Œdipus and the sphynx

A psychoanalysis
"under a microscope"

This method aims to facilitate free associations, by leading the analysand to describe, talk and learn about his or her life down to the smallest details of his or her uterine-infantile and even ancestral experiences, whence the name micropsychoanalysis.

Its purpose is to bring out the experiences, desires, defences and emotions that have been repressed into the unconscious during the uterine-infantile period and which are repeated, without knowing, throughout the whole life, especially in neurosis.