Ethnopsychoanalysis stems from the primal disposition of psychoanalysis to confront otherness and what is uncanny in the familiar. Both disciplines acknowledge the role of unconscious and affects (specifically anxiety) as pivotal in clinics and theory construction. The complementary approach, originally introduced by Devereux, needs both a psychoanalytical and an anthropological frame of reference, without leaving aside the uniqueness of the subject in the therapeutic relationship. A transcultural setting and the work of nostalgia, due to their transitional qualities, may set in motion again subjectivation processes, which were blocked or distorted by migration and associated traumas.
Keywords: Ethno-psychoanalysis, otherness, migration, work of nostalgia.