Lacanian Analysis

“Psychosis, Neurosis, and Beyond: Lacanian Analysis and the Birth of the Subject”

Dr Scott Von

ISPS Presentation 5/22/04 – New York

Jacques Lacan distinguished the psychotic by the foreclosure of the symbolic order. But the neurotic too remains bound to a particular knot of signifiers of the symbolic, imaginary, and real from which he suffers. In his last seminars Lacan proposed a solution to the dialectical impasse of psychosis and neurosis through a logic of the symptom and a practice of the letter in which the subject is born through enunciation and transmission. This requires a kind of listening and play which eschews the violence of interpretation and has profound implications for clinical practice.