Towards Identity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: A Lacanian Perspective

Author(s) : Colette Soler

Towards Identity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter: A Lacanian Perspective

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 120
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97495
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367342036
  • ISBN 10 : 0367342030
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Towards Identity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter addresses the theme of identification and identity in the psychoanalytic clinic as elaborated by Jacques Lacan over the course of his teaching.

In psychoanalysis, the subject who is summoned “to speak himself” is by definition lacking in identity. His question is “What am I?” but, as he is only represented by his words, his being is “always elsewhere”, within other words that are yet to come. Thus a paradox: one seeks via speech the identity of a being who, through his speech, is not identifiable. Yet the fact remains, he has a body, and he is riveted to sufferings that psychoanalysis, from Freud to Lacan, identified, which are not accidental, which we call repetition and symptom, and which shift the question of identity because a One, real, is at play in them.

Towards Identity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter will be key reading for the study and research of Lacanian psychoanalysis and all practitioners interested in Lacan’s teaching, as well as other discourses such as philosophy, art, literature and history.

Table of Contents


I. November 12, 2014
Analytic context
Consciousness of identity
Identity called into question
Towards identity

II. November 26, 2014
Apparolé to capitalism
Identity and the Social Link
The segregative option
“Not all apparolé” to capitalism

III. December 17, 2015
Identity put into question
The subject represented
The entrance of the subject into the real
The function of identifications

IV. January 7, 2015
The order of identifications
Two primordial identifications
“The imaginary path”
An absence

V. January 21, 2015
Phallus, are you there?
Genealogy of the phallus
The phallocentric clinic

VI. February 4, 2015
Socialising phallus
Two lacks
And the Name-of-the-Father?

VII. March 11, 2015
The primordial identification
Copulatory function of the phallus

VIII. March 25, 2015
Maternal castration
The phallic supplement
The collective and the individual

IX. April 8, 2015
Our context
In the footsteps of Freud
A single psychology
“Civilizing” love
The three identifications

X. May 6, 2015
The principle of cohesion
The Freudian group is not a discourse
Links between peers?

XI. May 20, 2015
Dialectic of phallic identifications
Unconscious desire and genitality
Jouissance of the body…
What body?
The unlikely body

XII. June 3, 2015
Identification with the symptom
Non extimate jouissance
Of the real Ones
To identify oneself without identifying?

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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