An aperitif with Serge Tisseron: “I go to bed late to play” Assassin’s Creed “”

At the forefront of societal subjects, the “psychiatrist of the screens”, when he does not write a test, devotes himself to video games, watches films in accelerated … and also takes the time of A beer.

by Sophie Gindensperger

To make up for her gaps in science fiction films, Serge Tisseron has made a list. “I find a lot of movies too slow. I watch them at a speed 1.5 in subtitles and I am doing very well,” he admits, half-Greek, mid-amused with his own impatience. The psychiatrist ensures that the Plurceneige, Bong Joon-Ho film (2013) in which the only survivors of humanity are aboard a huge train circulating on an icy land, did not deserve more respect. Explore the relationship to the images of the one who inspired the method “3-6-9-12”, a program widely adopted for a reasoned use of family screens (TV, not before 3 years; the personal console, not before 6 years; Internet, after 9 years; social networks, after 12 years), reserves some surprises.

At 74, Serge Tisseron is not on social networks and is ironically to leave vocal messages on answers that no one listens. But on this fall evening, seated in front of a half of white Titon whom he appreciates, not far from his home of 12 e arrondissement of Paris, difficult to decide if the multi -card psychiatrist has a Delay time or time ahead: he seems to have always wanted to grasp the time before she even arises, as he explores the future possible today by pressing in rapid advance. “All my life, I had the impression that we were at the dawn of something. You just have to know what.”

Considered by many as the “psychiatrist of the screens”, he is sometimes described as “acceptance” for his non -diabolizing position. His own relationship with his mobile seems quite distant – “I leave the notifications otherwise I do not think of looking at” -, but he admits having given in to the throes of continuous news when Russia attacked Ukraine, connecting several times a day, against the tide of his own precepts. “It moves me a lot.” And the crises to come? “The moment is terrible, but I have confidence in the human species. It has already emerged from immense difficulties.” He quotes the plague and the fall of the Roman Empire, and professes: “We are not that at the beginning of the emergence of new forms of social organization, not only technological new features, but new ways of considering relationships between people. “And he adds:” We will have to learn to live with the unexpected. “

a comic thesis

A skill, he maintains, that video games teach us. “When I heard psychiatrists talk about addiction to these games, in the early 1990s, I said to myself” they didn’t understand anything, “he is still annoying today. But since then, since then, since then, since then, Their algorithms have become much more trashy. “He spends part of his time at this hobby,” when the day is over, between 10 pm and 1 am “, and sometimes curses this night of sleep already a little too started. “I choose strategy games that keep me in suspense. I go to bed late to play Assassin’s Creed or Age of Empires”, of which he takes pleasure in explaining through the menu the right method to succeed in expert mode – the hardest. He does not know an addiction, but remembers a time when, as a child, he had to make himself violence to help drawing and finally doing his duties. In 1975, his medicine thesis also took the party to tell the story of psychiatry in comics. Its line is expressive and cartoony, phylacers are sometimes difficult to follow, but performance is there. Rebelote ten years later: in his work Tintin at the psychoanalyst (Aubier, 1985), he guess in Hergé’s albums the clues of a family secret on the filiation of the designer’s father. Two years later, a journalistic investigation validated his intuition: Hergé’s father and his twin brother were born from an unknown and probably very illustrious sire who did not recognize them. A suffering inherited the author of BD. The theme of family secrecy therefore becomes recurrent in the work of Serge Tisseron.

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