It is the most watched series in the history of Arte. “En Therapy” (produced by the duo Toledano & Nakhache) has been broadcast since January 28 on the Franco-German channel and its online platform Arte.TV. We follow the closed sessions of Dr. Dayan, psychoanalyst in Paris. In his office, five patients follow one another who confide in him their concerns, in the midst of the post-terrorist attacks of November 13th. Please note that the rest of this article contains spoilers.

This series, adapted from its Israeli elder “BeTipul” (2008-2010), offers an unusual look at psychology and, in particular, psychoanalysis. One character in particular stands out: that ofAriane (Mélanie Thierry), a 30-year-old surgeon who experiences heavy ups and downs in her love life.

From the first episode, she confesses to Dr. Dayan that she is no longer sure of wanting to stay with her spouse … but above all that she has feelings for the psychoanalyst. This is what is described as “a transfer of love”. But what does this term mean?

We cannot be in a human relationship without transference

“The transference is not reserved for psychoanalysis”, specifies straight away to Laurence Croix, psychoanalyst and lecturer at the University of Nanterre. “You can have a transfer on your teacher, your doctor, your President of the Republic … You cannot be in a human relationship without transfer.”

In Ariadne’s case, the transference is associated with her desire for Dr. Dayan. “We are talking about love transfer, but love can have many forms, explains Laurence Croix. Esteem is a form of love for example … Love is not necessarily sexualized, just as love and desire do not always work together. ”

Friendships, colleagues, family … Each of our relationships is thus, according to psychoanalysis, unconsciously “a repetition of old loves” even with people we don’t like, says the psychoanalyst. “The problem is that when we talk about love we think of sexuality …”, she sums up.

In psychoanalysis we think that without transference we cannot do analytical work

Like any relationship, the one that is established between the psychoanalyst and his patient is also the object of a transference. “The peculiarity of psychoanalysis is that in practice we will analyze the transfer, explains Laurence Croix. This does not mean to make it disappear, it means that it will be taken into consideration. “Therefore, it is up to the therapist to create the transference.” In psychoanalysis we think that without transference we cannot do the analytical work. “, indicates Laurence Croix.

In In therapy, Dr. Dayan has obviously succeeded with Ariane since she ends up binding a strong bond with him – not without twists and turns. “She wants to sleep with him, summarizes Laurence Croix who watched the series, and I think that this sexual desire is outside the analysis, of course that it is fundamentally linked to the transference but the sexual desire is added to it. “

The end of an impasse?

In the end, Ariane decides to end her analysis with Dr. Dayan. He too gives in to his own desires and decides to see her again outside the framework of the analyst-patient relationship. “Maybe he got stuck in that position with Ariane… advances Laurence Croix. His difficulties with his wife, the impossibility of being a father for his son, of being a father for his daughter … I believe that at one point he thought that desire and love could be the opening of this impasse. “

Questions that will remain unanswered until the broadcast of season 2. No date is currently scheduled, but the two directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakhache have confirmed that they are working “very seriously on it”.

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