Lacanian Affects: The Function of Affect in Lacan's Work

Author(s) : Colette Soler

Lacanian Affects: The Function of Affect in Lacan's Work

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 37667
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415715928
  • ISBN 10 : 041571592X
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Affect is a high-stakes topic in psychoanalysis, but there has long been a misperception that Lacan neglected affect in his writings. We encounter affect at the beginning of any analysis in the form of subjective suffering that the patient hopes to alleviate. How can psychoanalysis alleviate such suffering when analytic practice itself gives rise to a wide range of affects in the patient's relationship to the analyst?

Lacanian Affects: The Function of Affect in Lacan's Work is the first book to explore Lacan's theory of affect and its implications for contemporary psychoanalytic practice. In it, Colette Soler discusses affects as diverse as the pain of existence, hatred, ignorance, mourning, sadness, joyful knowledge, boredom, moroseness, anger, shame, and enthusiasm. Soler's discussion culminates in a highlighting of so-called enigmatic affects: anguish, love, and the satisfaction related to the end of an analysis.

Lacanian Affects provides a unique and compelling account of affect that will prove to be an essential text for psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers.

About the Author(s)

Colette Soler is holder of the University Agrégation and a psychoanalyst trained by Jacques Lacan. She is a founder member of the School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, and the author of What Lacan Said about Women and Lacanian Affects, as well as numerous other publications. She currently practises and teaches psychoanalysis in Paris.

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