Freud and the Desire of the Psychoanalyst by Serge Cottet

By Serge Cottet

Freud's invention of psychoanalysis was once according to his personal wish to recognize anything concerning the subconscious, yet what were the results of this unique hope on psychoanalysis ever in view that? How has Freud's wish created indicators within the background of psychoanalysis? Has it helped or hindered its transmission?Exploring those questions brings Serge Cottet to Lacan's idea of the psychoanalyst's hope: much less a specific hope like Freud's and extra a functionality, this can be what permits analysts to function of their perform. It emerges in the course of research and is essential in permitting the analysand to start operating with the subconscious of others after they tackle the placement of analyst themselves. what's this functionality and the way can it's traced in Freud's work?Cottet's publication, first released in 1982 and revised in 1996, is a vintage of Lacanian psychoanalysis. it isn't just a scholarly learn of Freud and Lacan, yet a thought-provoking creation to the foremost problems with Lacanian psychoanalysis.

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His 1905 programme could not fail to lead to many surprises and disappointments: “Neurotics are a nuisance and an embarrassment for all concerned—including the analysts” (“The Question of Lay Analysis”, p. 241). This disappointment is at the heart of the analytic framework. The fundamental rule and its corollary, free-floating attention (gleichswebende Aufmerksamkeit), imply that the analyst agrees to let himself be taken by surprise (“Recommendations to Physicians”, pp. 114–115). Now, unpleasant surprises were soon to appear, less from the discovery of the sexual aetiology of the neuroses than from transference love; less from the repetition-compulsion than from the negative therapeutic reaction.

This disappointment is at the heart of the analytic framework. The fundamental rule and its corollary, free-floating attention (gleichswebende Aufmerksamkeit), imply that the analyst agrees to let himself be taken by surprise (“Recommendations to Physicians”, pp. 114–115). Now, unpleasant surprises were soon to appear, less from the discovery of the sexual aetiology of the neuroses than from transference love; less from the repetition-compulsion than from the negative therapeutic reaction. Yet in allowing himself, on every occasion, to be surprised, Freud necessarily had to wonder about the legitimacy of his act.

What Freud does not wish to say is that the hysteric feels real disgust for sexuality; the displacement of sexual energy from one zone to another—from the clitoris to the mouth or the throat—does not shed any light on the question of disgust itself. The lack of sexual satisfaction appears in the place of the failure of the sexual relation. We thus have two models at our disposal: the Freudian model of a displacement of sensation, which implies that the latter had once existed, and the Lacanian model of something that takes the place of the lacking sexual relation.

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