Psychology for intelligent people

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[Photo: Maud Mannoni (1923-1998) at her home in Saint Claude, Paris.]
Dr. Maud Mannoni and her husband, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Octave Mannoni, became great masters in the XX century for many generations of intellectuals working in Psychoanalysis and related fields of knowledge.
Like Jorge Luis Borges, Maud Mannoni was a well learned autodidact who, thanks to her extraordinary clinical achievements and intellectual contributions, won the recognition and friendship of eminent personalities during her life time; figures from all latitudes of the planet and from very different theoretical positions such as: Julia Kristeva, Donald Winnicott, Ronald D. Laing, Françoise Dolto, Jacques Lacan, Solange Faladé, Philip Sollers, Elizabeth Roudinesco, Armando Verdiglione, Charles Melman, Roger Ph. Gentis, Franco Basaglia, or David Cooper, ... to name but a few. Every contemporary who took the chance to frequent Mannoni and has benefited from her insightful genius, witty kindness and ethical committment, as an exemplary citizen of the world, will remember her as an extraordinary human being, a great pedagogue and genial clinician able to treating the most difficult mental illness.
Maud Mannoni is the founder of the international renown Experimental School of Bonneuil, near Paris, dedicated to research and treatment on autism and psychoses. She is also the founder of The International Center for Psychoanalytical Research and Education; also called Espace analytique with headquarters in Paris and branches in many countries. She is also the author of several books and was the founding director of The Analytical Space (L' Espace Analytique) collection at Denoël publishing.

Watch and listen (in French) the interview to Julia Kristeva, on the School of Maud Mannoni, by Caroline Deschamps.


The Mannoni Foundation, Argentina

Espace Analytique, International Center for Research and Education in Psychoanalysis, founded by Dr Maud Mannoni

The Freudian School, founded by Dr Solange Faladé

The Francoise-Dolto Archives

The Sigmund Freud Society and Museum in Austria

The international Lacanian Association, founded by Dr. Charles Melman

The Freud Museum in London

Physicians for Human Rights

The Psychoanalytic Association of New York

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

The British Psychoanalytical Society

nature International weekly journal of science

A Socrates site at The Clarke University

Doctors for Reform (in the British Health Services - NHS)

An Ancient Greece site at The Washington State University

Wilipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, founded by Mr Jimbo Wales

The Institute Hannah Arendt, founded by Dr. Elisa Carrió

The Friends of Jorge Luis Borges Worldwide Society, for the promotion of intellectual and artistic talents along with Socratic, civic virtues.

The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), founded and directed by Dr. Cynthia Maung, provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. People of all ethnicities and religions are welcome at the Clinic. Its origins go back to the student pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988 and the brutal repression by the Burmese regime of that movement. A group of UK organization set a conjoint initiative to help find missing persons


The Worldwide Society of Friends of Jorge Luis Borges

The House of Asterion network of residences to host in London young artists and intellectuals - a pro Justice and Democracy website

The International Foundation Can Mossenya - Borges

Cavalier Argos, a Man's best companion