Below is a list of selected publications. 





Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Practice



In this book, fourteen Lacanian psychoanalysts from Italy and France present how they listen and understand clinical questions, and how they operate in session. More than a theoretical ‘introduction to Lacan’, this book stems from clinical issues, is written by practicing psychoanalysts and not only presents theoretical concepts, but also their use in practice.

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Psychoanalysis in Hong Kong: The Absent, the Present, and the Reinvented




How is it possible that a phenomenon like psychoanalysis, which has dominated the cultural and intellectual life of the last century in Europe, North and South America, has seemingly had little-to-no resonance in Hong Kong? This book attempts to explain this phenomenon. Addressing the subject from an East to West approach, this book proposes an experience of displacement, as it is argued that the opportunity for psychoanalysis today is not just to be exported to the East, but rather to be re-invented after an encounter with a radically different culture. This encounter allows the Western practitioner to question their experience and highlights the assumptions of Western thought and knowledge. Following this, what remains of psychoanalysis as we know it? How can psychoanalysis be re-thought and re-formed today in a format independent of different theoretical orientations and schools?

The book addresses key issues such as:

  • Is there psychoanalysis in Hong Kong?
  • How does one do research on psychoanalysis in Hong Kong?
  • Why was the Freudian Unconscious not discovered in China?
  • How can we describe the core of psychoanalysis and how can this description be understood in different cultural contexts?
  • Can psychoanalytic research be led by adopting a quantitative or statistical methodology?

Founded on the belief that psychoanalysis should be re-invented in light of its encounter with non-Western cultures, this book highlights an opportunity to undertake this as an intellectual, cultural and artistic challenge. It will enrich researchers’ and students’ understanding of psychoanalysis and inform broader views of psychoanalysis in non-Western contexts. Practicing psychoanalysts, students of psychoanalysis and those seeking to understand psychanalysis in different cultural contexts will be particularly interested readers.

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Journal papers and book chapters:


Busiol, D. (2016). The Development of a Listening Scale. Research on Social Work Practice (ahead of printing).

Busiol, D. (2015). Factors Affecting the Understanding and Use of Psychoanalysis in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwan. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63/3, 411-435.

Busiol, D. (2016). Help-seeking Behaviour and Attitudes towards Counselling: a Qualitative Study among Hong Kong Chinese University Students. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 44(4), 382-401. 

Busiol, D. (2013). The Language of the Other. In: Freund, P. (editor). Desire, Trauma and Otherness, The Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis, pp.1-24.

Busiol, D. (2013). Comment on Father Valignano’s letter to superior general Father Mercurian of 8th February 1574. In: Volpi, V. The Visitor: Valignano, Genius of the Renaissance who opened Asia to the West. Spirali, in co-edition with the Asian Collection of Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, pp.229-236.

Busiol, D. (2013). From the talking cure to the listening cure. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Hong Kong Society of Psychoanalysis, 3 July 2013, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Busiol, D. (2012). The many names of Hong Kong: mapping language, silence and culture in China. Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology, 9(2), pp.207-226.

Busiol, D. (2011). Why the unconscious was not “discovered” in China? Paper presented at the “Seventh Annual Conference of The Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong (ASAHK)”, and later included in the acts of the conference.

Busiol, D. (2010). L’urgenza e la crisi. In: Busiol D. (editor), A ciascuno la sua crisi, Tracce Freudiane, ISBN 978-88-903792-2-2

Busiol, D. (2009). Guardare con gli occhi, vedere con le parole. In: Busiol D. (editor), L'arte, Dio e l’Inconscio, Tracce Freudiane, ISBN 978-88-903-792-1-5

Busiol, D. (2008). Sessualità e psicosi. In: Busiol D. (editor), L' atto sessuale o la sessualità in atto?, Tracce Freudiane, ISBN 978-88-903792-0-8



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