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By Moustafa Safouan

During this delightfully readable and obviously written quantity, the realm well known psychoanalyst Moustafa Safouan considers the works of Freud and Lacan. whilst Safouan met Lacan in 1949, he was once all yet able to abandon the sector as a result many contradictions and obscurities he present in Freud. but because of Lacan's early presentation of the daddy as actual, imaginary, and symbolic, Safouan stayed on, operating with Lacan until eventually Lacan's demise in 1981. you will music the evolution of Safouan's educating via his participation in Lacan's released seminars and his early contributions. Safouan wrote this ebook in English, beginning with a transcript from a chain of lectures he brought to the Lacanian university of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco, in March of 2001. Safouan clears up a lot of Lacan's personal obscurities, even though he's speedy to indicate that there are not any contradictions in Lacan. Readers will locate the reason for wish, either throughout the signifier and during the 'normative' (rather than common) improvement of the kid. Safouan explains the 3 varieties of lack, the basis of subjectivity, the will of the analyst, the opposite as varied from the opposite, the thing reason behind hope, transference, countertransference and lateral transference, and the analytic act in a story that brings those and different ideas jointly, in a 'dictionary' which could by no means be divided via phrases.

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Question: Lacan didn’t answer what the fate of the drive is after analysis. No. The point of the experience called la passe was to throw some light onto this question of the outcome of the analysis concerning drives. Question: To return to something quite well known, have you acted in accordance with your desire? Every desire needs to reshape its goal, so every desire is its interpretation. So the ethics of analysis concerns the question: Have you kept on interpreting what you want? Isn’t this the real ethics of analysis?

When Lacan first proposed this way of handling resistance, it was very difficult for practicing analysts to take in. That’s because an analyst’s prestige comes from her conviction that she knows the truth, and that she’s the one who’s going to tell it to the analysand. Lacan’s way means that you can’t identify with such a position, that you have to abdicate it. This wasn’t easy for analysts, so at first his thesis was not as readily admitted as it now may be. This brings up the question of the place of truth.

Without a reality function to correct the function of desire, the psychic function would be reduced to hallucination, to psychotic states. With the discovery of narcissism, however, the ego was next envisioned as the agent that makes me mistake what I am for what I want to be. So how can the same agent be both a guide to reality and a source of illusion? In addition to these two contradictions in his theory, Freud’s experience led him to discover some astonishing facts, so astonishing you may say they qualify as unnatural, so their explanation is not easy to find.

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