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Lacanian Psychology

Postby LD330 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:18 pm

Field Notes on Lacanian Psychology:

Three Orders: Real, Symbolic, Imaginary
Real: Sensation (But not the word sensation. The Real is impossible to articulate, as articulation is symbolic)
Symbolic: Language, the signifying realm
Imaginary: Fantasy, Imagination

Three Parts of a Human: Jouissance, Language, and the Subject
Jouissance: Translated "enjoyment," one's (Real) drive as one acts within the symbolic order.
Language: Symbolic function that is also part of the libidinal drive, conceptualized as jouissance or fundamentally meaningless libido; language can only have meaning with respect to a metalanguage.
Subject: Where one conceives one's "I". May not be where one is interpellated in the symbolic order. S(a) is the subject with respect to an other (autre in French), S(A) is subject with respect to the Big Other, or "society" as a whole, $ is the subject barred from the symbolic order, or the biological entity.

Three Structures: Neurotic, Psychotic, Pervert
Neurotic: Structured such that existence poses a question for the subject
Psychotic: Subject is foreclosed from the symbolic order; there is a hole in the symbolic universe
Pervert: Seeks to inspire jouissance in the other; has no question

Formulas:
Desire is the Desire of the Other: I feel desire insofar as I am desired by the other (a) or situate myself as symbolically desired by the Big Other (A). We are brought into this world by desire.

Subject-Presumed-To-Know: As a subject in the symbolic order, everyone is presumed to know some things. One is demanded to "know" in order to operate in the symbolic world, which is everyday life. This demand to know is jouissance: Knowledge is the Jouissance of the Other. Enjoyment is a superego injunction: everyone must "enjoy" and "be enjoying themselves" in order to make those around them comfortable, to signify that everything is alright. The most revolutionary thing, in order to Not-Know, rather than simply replace knowledge with another form of knowledge, might just be to feel ashamed.

Transference (or Love): S(a) inspires desire in the other; once desired, the subject can "suicide" through love to become that S(a) as their new subject-point S. In his seminar on Transference Lacan says this is what Alcibiades was trying to get Socrates to do in Plato's Symposium-- to bring Socrates' desire for him to the forefront and have him suicide by becoming the Beloved (loved as S(a)) as opposed to Lover (loved as S). Socrates deflects this desire and looks away, retaining his S in spite of his love and desire. "Aphrodite is not a smiling goddess..."

One is reminded of the Book of Lies chapter the Smoking Dog: "This is the Tragedy of Man when facing Love and Death he turns to bay. He is no more hare, but boar."

Conclusion

From these formulas and reading Lacan's work I have come to the conclusion that the best thing we can do to improve the world is to interpellate (bring into the symbolic order) others at their "I" subject-point, where they have understanding of themselves in existence and can articulate their own narrative. Clearly I am not the only one who Doesn't Know: nobody else Knows either. This is my project.

Further experimental work involves the libido, knowledge-as-libido, and trying to bring to the forefront and understand others' libidinal drives, including means of satisfying these drives. Another take on this is to come up with a possible mode of "society" based on these principles, with everyone being treated at their subject point. The trick is this cannot be a "should" or a super-ego injunction.
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Re: Lacanian Psychology

Postby AliceKnewIt » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:23 am

I haven't studied Lacan. Thank you for the summary, it's fascinating.
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Re: Lacanian Psychology

Postby LD330 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:42 am

No problem! There's a wiki with a lot more info on Lacan: http://nosubject.com/Main_Page

I'm still going through his works but just got this formula today, which is important in his work: There Is No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship.

So what he means here is that in Feminine Sexuality, as the Female Pole, the Female knows that the Male doesn't know. The Male has the Phallus in place of Knowledge.

So here the Female has ontological anxiety. They don't feel as though they exist. The question is not "Am I [my name]?" but "Am I Me?", if here the Female is always mediated through the other's Phallus as opposed to Knowledge-- Knowledge of which would constitute the Sexual Relationship. The "Me" would be the Female's Phallus.

In the Male Pole this is castration anxiety, the fear of losing the phallus, which is just generally symbolic (status anxiety).

In this way there is only phallic jouissance, both Male and Female. Female Jouissance corresponds to knowing there is no Big Other, that no one else knows. That it's all just a play of masks for Herself. Hence the ontological anxiety.

"Sexuality is nothing but a configuring of the signifying-minus [the subtraction from reality with the signifier] and surplus-enjoyment."
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Re: Lacanian Psychology

Postby AliceKnewIt » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:28 am

Now I am totally lost! LOL
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