Bernard Vernier, the essence of the first name – Liberation

Bernard Vernier, the essence of the first name – Liberation


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Based on Stekel’s hypothesis, the French anthropologist shows the importance of names in our affective choices.

It is very rare that an anthropologist, with texts in hand, takes such a keen interest in psychoanalysis. Bernard Vernier has long been a specialist in the issue of family resemblance and, more broadly, in kinship. But in this book, he goes beyond his field observations: he chooses to present, with accompanying statistics, a logic that obeys the affective economy of societies that use names of family origin. We are literally fascinated because Vernier calls it “onomastic fetishism” in love. Stekel, a contemporary of Freud, already spoke about determinism of names (1911). As for Groddeck, he wrote in 1916: “Mostly we get married with a name… […] At the age of three, we fell in love with a certain Hans, and later we will marry Hans. Between the first and the last Hans there is a whole series of Hans. In a letter to Thomas Mann, Freud himself analyzed the marriage of Napoleon, who decided to marry Joséphine, a young widow older than himself, to whom he transferred some of the tender affection he had for his brother. the eldest Joseph (the lack of descendants was the cause of the divorce, as we know).

This consensus among psychoanalysts on the importance of names shows that the facts in question are common enough to be accessible to common sense intuition. Here we are referring to other communities where the second wife has the same name as the first, or the mother’s name.

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