In other words, the goal of psychoanalysis is to call into question the self-image of the analysand, as it has been fashioned by the ego, in attempt to conform to the desires of surrounding others. We define our selves in accordance with how we think others define us, sometimes accurately, sometimes not. Regardless of our precision in estimating the opinions of others, our subjective interpretation becomes the founding premise of the ego, and the ego cannot bear contradiction. Our tendency as thinking subjects is to avoid contradiction at all costs, boiling it down to opposition. For some reason, opposition—adversity—feels far more comfortable to us than unified paradox.
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Dec 28, Alan Scott rated it really liked it So, you are interested in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan are you? This is brilliant and essential reading. This book discusses Lacanian theory as a clinical practice-- taking it out of the abstract philsophical realm to explain how it is practically applied in the field, which So, you are interested in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan are you?
This book discusses Lacanian theory as a clinical practice-- taking it out of the abstract philsophical realm to explain how it is practically applied in the field, which is a truly unique endeavor. By showing us how it is practically applied, we get a better grasp on how his theory works in "everyday life. It talks, for instance, at length and coherantly about the differences between "neurotics," "psychotics," and "perverts:" how they are diagnosed and how they are treated.
The appendices includes a list of terms buttonholes, fundamental fantasy, etc and a list of books and lectures where Lacan and Freud discuss these terms. For those interested in Lacanian theory-- an essential text. Unfortunately, this does mean that while the book is great for providing insights into the operations of the human mind, it makes it a bit less useful as a critical tool for a guy who just wants to write a damned essay.
The illustrative value of this project can hardly be overstated. Thus, I cannot recommend this book highly enough for people serious about learning about Lacan.
The real Lacan. It is only in this context that his work can be truly understood and appreciated, insofar as understanding Lacan is possible to begin with. Forget Zizek. Read Fink.
Bruce Fink | Lacanian Psychoanalyst | Author | Private Practice Pittsburgh France
A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis