Piera Aulagnier

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Piera Aulagnier (French: [olaɲe]; née Spairani; November 19, 1923 – March 31, 1990), was a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Her contributions to psychoanalysis include the concepts of interpretative violence, pictogram and originary process.


Aulagnier was born in Milan in 1923.

She underwent training analysis with Jacques Lacan from 1955 to 1961.[1] In 1969, Aulagnier, Jean-Paul Valabrega and François Perrier created the Organisation psychanalytique de langue française. The organization played a prominent role in post-Lacanian psychoanalysis. Aulagnier, founding member of the journal Tropique is considered one of the most influential French psychoanalysts of her generation, together with Jean Laplanche, Jean-Bertrand Pontalis and André Green.

Aulagnier's theory deals with the experiences of infant-mother relationships in early childhood. Developing forward from both Donald Winnicott and Lacan, Aulagnier offers an original theory of child psychosis.

Aulagnier died in 1990 in Paris. She was married to Cornelius Castoriadis from 1968 until 1984.

Selected writings[edit]

  • Piera Aulagnier. The Violence of Interpretation (1975). The New Library of Psychoanalysis. Brunner-Routledge, 2001. ISBN 0-415-23676-2



  • Sophie de Mijolla-Mellor (2005). "Aulagnier-Spairani, Piera." In: A. de Mijolla (Ed.), International dictionary of psychoanalysis, vol. 1 (pp. 129–30). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale.