Jean-Michel Oughourlian is professor of clinical psychopathology at the University of Paris. He taught at the Sorbonne for more than thirty years and served as chief of psychiatry at the American Hospital of Paris, where he is still in practice. For more than thirty years Oughourlian has worked in close collaboration with René Girard in their development of the mimetic theory of psychological mimesis and interdividual psychology. He was one of the primary collaborators with Girard on the book Des Choses cachees depuis la fondation du monde (Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, 1987). He is also the author of Un mime nomme desir (The Puppet of Desire: The Psychology of Hysteria, Possession and Hypnosis (1991) and, most recently, Genese du desir (The Genesis of Desire, 2010).