The evidence imposed itself on Sophie Braun long before the pandemic, with the isolation and fear of the other that it reinforced. “I started to write The temptation to fall back (1) four years ago, because I was seeing more and more patients who hardly left their homes and couldn’t stand relationships with others, she recalls. In Japan, where the phenomenon of hikikomori has lasted for twenty-five years, nearly a million people, children and young adults, live locked up. “
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In this essay at the junction of the intimate and the social, she describes patients withdrawn from society (adolescent with a school phobia, in their thirties unable to take care of their children after a professional burnout, etc.) and their trajectory in psychoanalysis to find the world.
At the origin of this leak, Sophie Braun sees one of the growing contradictions in our society: “A paradoxical injunction arises from the collision between two strong trends: children are brought up as individuals who will decide everything in their lives and be who they want, before a hypernormalization at work in school and in business crushes the curiosity and creativity of the most sensitive. “ However, in a context of a decrease in the sense of the collective, this withdrawal and this loss of vital momentum concern many of us to varying degrees.
Granddaughter of Jews who had known war and deportation, Sophie Braun, born in 1960, grew up in an atmosphere of anguish that her older brother suffered with full force. “I took the energy of life, but with the obligation to take care of him and be well, she analyzes. It is often to save or protect a loved one that one becomes a shrink. But even though I started psychoanalysis when I was 19, I wasn’t ready for what could have been giving up myself to help others. Series In therapy broadcast on Arte shows how a shrink can be hyperinvested with his patients and lost in his own life. “
Feminist and concerned about social transformations, she turns to the law. As a student, she met in a large law firm the future father of her children, who was passionate about the development of the first computer tools in the early 1980s. After legal positions at the National Audiovisual Institute and At Médiamétrie, Sophie Braun follows her husband in the marketing of legal software.
“I learned a lot from this period, before moving towards my own path, she notes. I invite my patients who do not feel called to trust time. By acting in contact with others, inner movements are created that allow you to discover yourself. “ After the sale of the company in 1997, the couple left Paris to settle in a village in the Drôme where they launched historical dictionaries on CD-Rom.
Start studying psychology at age 40
But the body of Sophie Braun, more and more passionate about psychology, gives signals of rejection of this professional life that she did not choose. During a long discussion, a doctor advised him to read My life by Jung. “My children often say that since that day they haven’t seen me without a Jung book in my hand. I really had the feeling that I had fallen like Obelix into the magic potion. I had the impression to find in the texts of this psychiatrist answers which I absolutely need to questions which I did not ask myself. “
Sophie Braun attended a conference on Jung, then began studying psychology at the age of 40. In 2004, she stopped working with her husband to open her practice in Montélimar. “In a cure, I alternate psychotherapy, when the patient needs support, and analysis, for diving into the unconscious in order to make associations that allow the energy of life to return to where knots and trauma prevented it. For me, it is a concrete job, like a surgeon who sometimes has to cut to get the patient out of the suffering in which he remains because he knows it well. “
In 2014, Sophie Braun published her first book, When is life? Words of young people, lighting of a shrink (2), to tell this audience that it takes time to be daring and to feel free. Parisian at heart, divorced and mother of two adult children, she opened a practice in the capital, without resolving to abandon her patients in Montélimar. For six years, she has been going back and forth between the two cities. “In this choice of life, there is the ethical question of knowing if his priority is his own life or that of others. “
“It is in the relationship with others that we gain freedom”
“It is no coincidence that I wrote about the fold, emphasizes Sophie Braun. What drives me is to have felt how I could be locked inside of me and that it was difficult for me to get out of it because I didn’t know I was locked up. We all have irreducible areas within us, with perhaps a lot of life inside but in a very limited area. I want to help others gain more space, more freedom. It’s in the relationship to others
and not alone that they are found. Otherness and difference make you more alive and allow you to discover everything you are capable of. “