This book compiled by María Elisa Miter, disciple and bearer of a living legacy, honors Jorge Garcia Badaracco (1923-2010)., and enriches our knowledge of psychoanalysis and of a great person: in this edition, she invites us to experience her clinical thinking. Via Ten years later. Tribute to Jorge García Badaracco, (compiled in addition to Maria Elisa Miter, by Norberto Mascaró and Claudia Tardugno), we see in Badaracco, a kind of visionary, erudite without being noticed, anticipating the great questions of the psychoanalysis contemporary.

What would Jorge say today of this world “out of whack” as the Hamlet from Shakespeare, the time is out of joint? And not only because of the pandemic, would you think about madness or would you focus, rather, probably on a term of our day to day, which is virtuality? Or perhaps Jorge was not always turning on the radars of what he called “healthy virtuality” long before virtual times? Maria Elisa Miter, captures this, because beyond being the compiler and author of this book, she testifies to a whole journey with Badaracco in the “multifamily” in which she was operating almost as a “medium”, in the manner of art in an aesthetic experience, that we understand thirdness. And also as a subjective facilitator and intermediary essence of the emotional bond in the groups, which unfold from the multifamily groups created by Badaracco.

Ten years later.  Tribute to Jorge García Badaracco, (compiled by María Elisa Miter, Norberto Mascaró and Claudia Tardugno).

Ten years later. Tribute to Jorge García Badaracco, (compiled by María Elisa Miter, Norberto Mascaró and Claudia Tardugno).

Jorge is the one who introduces a mark or a hiatus, between a dogmatic psychoanalysis and the contemporary psychoanalysis. He traveled the edges before everyone else, and for this he invented a device, “the multi-family”. It was an advance.

For Badaracco was present, even without knowing it, something of what Lacan He already brought – he had already sniffed it – the place of the Other, because he understood before many, in diseases, let’s say it, the place of the “unforgettable prehistoric other” (Freudian), and the transgenerational effects. “The others in us” he said.

He is one of the only ones at that time – and I don’t know if he was fully understood – to cross the razor’s edge. Crossing the edge is a state that does not yield to the pain that walking on that edge can cause: that of the unspeakable sufferings, unlivable. It is not just not being afraid of madness and debauchery to “psychotic transfers”. Advances, in that sense, in a terrain sedimented by Ferenczi, Y Winnicott, among others. And he does it from the beginning when talking about madness did not have the bias of referential schemes, which were not enough, Jorge García Badaracco will continue to advance from the configuration of that new device, the group phenomenon of the multifamily.

There emerges something innovative nurtured from his European experiences and reflections, and with the Argentine school And it can give an “open form” to experience something that is captured in a very particular climate in which the power of the other, another weak, damaged, or poor patient, at a point that exposes the one who lives resisting the initial dependence, because he has to sustain the madness of that other while he can. That dependency that it needs and could not inhabit leaves holes that are enjoyment in the structure, which retains a self hidden that nevertheless is trying to caulk a possible way of existing.

Selection of works by Badaracco.  Given by María Elisa Miter

Selection of works by Badaracco. Given by María Elisa Miter

We are all afraid of giving too much, those who have, like Badaracco and those who write in this book, can activate this delivery to live in the world with the other, and co-create a necessary area to live and sustain themselves. And so, it seems that Jorge says: one day fear must be overcome, and he advances in his great discoveries.

His central ideas are deployed in action, as one would say today, investigating and exploring the unknown of the experience.

Jorge knew, as a good researcher, that the germ of subjectivity nests in the experience. What precedes the sayable and what cannot be without it.

An investigation of ideas that perhaps you would not like to be “conceptualized” emerges, of course, something is always lost from that experiential experience, which, in a certain way, is intrasmissible: the thrills componentl. It is also being written.

What does it mean to work with healthy virtuality, amidst the shocking psychotic transfers? How do we think about this unfolding discovery in the context of our discursiveness?

What is the implication of the discovery of a new object category, the “maddening object”? And how can we think, outside the imaginary ideology, the importance of the so-called “ego resources” “genuine resources. There is a lot to hear in this book.

Today, more than ever, his definition of “open mind” is essential to understand not only human suffering, but also the issues of institutional and social problems. It would be helpful to work with these ideas in the community, to think about the world we live in.

We are all studying the edges, the void, the abyss, and also the emergence of the self, from another possibility of currently experiencing the ties and multifamily networks trust in a unique way and not being fixed to the recurrences of a diagnosis.

This is an invitation to read this extraordinary book, for the developments of its authors, for the transmission of the healing potential, as they define it at the same time, and for the possibility of meeting in the writers’ handwriting, with Jorge Garcia Badaracco, today.

Thanks to María Elisa, the compilers, and the authors: Abel Fainstein, Eva Rotemberg, Eduardo Mandelbaum, Gabriel Dobner, Gregorio Garfinkel, Hugo Vallejo, Graciela Bar, Alberto Jones, Katherine Walter, Ricardo González, Rita Omacini, Norberto Mascaró, José Luis López Atienza, Isabel Elustondo Ferre, Esther García de Bustamante Catriel, Tania Martín González, from Argentina. Andrea Narracci, Federico Russo, Claudia Tardugno, Fiorella Ceppi, Francesca Viola Borgogno, from Italy. Paula Godinho and Eva Palleiro, from Portugal.

Each and all of them evoke, reflect and dialogue with Jorge and bring us closer to the creative power of his ideas and innovations. This book expresses a generous way of transmitting his way of seeing, a new way of working with serious suffering, and not only that, to the development of therapeutic potential in each of the authors and ourselves, the therapeutic of the multiple and the diverse. The proximity with the thought of Jorge García Badaracco, and the presence of his person, opens up future deployments. The future is today, and it is present in the experience that occurs when reading this book.

Gabriela Goldstein is President of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalyst.