Paper 1 – The Ego, Perception and Reality

Lacan uses the term Gestalt to indicate the body-image. According to the psychology from which he takes it, it is a global figure quite different from its parts considered separately. It’s an auto-erotic, fragmented body held together by the mirror. He says of it that it is more constituting than … Continue reading

Paper 2 – The Ego in Neurosis and Psychosis

The most intuitive of Lacan’s three categories, the real, the symbolic and the imaginary, RSI, is the imaginary. One grasps it immediately without reasoning. It is the pure consciousness of an image, of seeing myself see myself. It’s not just any image but a body image of good form that captivates … Continue reading

Paper 3 – Built in Deception?

Lacan uses the term Gestalt to indicate the body-image.[1] According to the psychology from which he takes it, it is a global figure quite different from its parts considered separately. When Lacan considers these parts separately, it’s called corps morcelé, an auto-erotic, fragmented body held together by the mirror, that … Continue reading

Paper 4 – Deceiver and Non Deceiver

Freud produced the myth of the murder of the Father in order to found the Oedipus on it. He constructed the myth from the research of anthropologists who more or less dropped the story into his lap. In the primitive horde the primal father kept all the women to himself, giving … Continue reading

Paper 5 – Introducing the Dupe, the Double and Desire

Freud in “The Uncanny” introduces a notion of the mirror stage with the concept of the double.[i] Following Rank he tells us that the double has connections with the mirror reflection, and is a creation from a very early mental stage. It has a friendly and an unfriendly aspect. Its … Continue reading

Paper 6

Psychotic false recognition syndromes   Several years ago I discovered a second source for Lacan’s notion of foreclosure. The latter term is his translation of Freud’s Verwerfung. He is very voluble about the Freud source which relies on two case histories, namely, the Schreber case[i] and the Wolf Man case.[ii] … Continue reading

Paper 7

The term Verwerfung is used in ‘The Neuro-Psychoses of Defence’ (1894), although Freud does not exploit the idea in 1894. He won’t have an interesting case of psychosis until 1896. This case will also be explained entirely by the concept of repression. We shall see that Freud does not find … Continue reading

Paper 8 – Loss of Reality in Neurosis and Psychosis

In his paper, ‘The Loss of Reality in Neurosis and Psychosis’, Freud put his finger on a problem which was, according to Lacan, not the loss of reality but of what takes its place.[1] Freud doesn’t focus on it only in 1924 but also in 1911 in the paper on … Continue reading