In 1989 in Paris, the National Institute for Sport and Education ( the nursery for French champions) knew little about the contribution that clinical psychology and psychoanalysis could bring to sporting performance.
Thanks to the realisation of its medical director, I was able to introduce these approaches into the holy of holies of French sport which until then, preferred to seek out the immediate and controlable effectiveness of experimental or cognitive psychology
My fame with the wider public audience, came from revealing that, achieving very high standard performance were the facilitating factors, the human quality of the actor in sport, and especially the deep emotional harmony that is not visible in body language,
This fame, which was at its peak at the time of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, has been reinforced by university recognition of my work; in 1993 I presented my doctoral thesis in Clinical Psychology on the subject of the high level sportsperson. Since then, even though it fluctuates, this consideration is still active, as was shown in October 2008 in my two interviews for Femme Actuelle and Le Parisien, and my column in the scientific review, Sport and Citoyenneté (Sport and Citizenship)