"The danger of computers becoming like humans is not nearly as great as that of humans becoming like computers."
"The more I read the pessimists, the more I love life. After reading Schopenhauer, I always feel like a bridegroom on his wedding night."
A con man stored in attaché case, trench coat and pipe dream.
"First off, let’s get rid of this average Joe, who does not exist. He is a statistical fiction. There are individuals, and that is all. When I hear people talking about the guy in the street, studies of public opinion, mass phenomena, and so on, I think of all the patients that I’ve seen on the couch in forty years of listening. None of them in any measure resembled the others, none of them had the same phobias and anxieties, the same way of talking, the same fear of not understanding."
I define it as a symptom – something that reveals the malaise of the society in which we live…the symptom – or let’s call it the illness – has no relationship to anything, and lacks any kind of meaning. Even if it is apparently real, it does not exist…going beyond the apparent symptom [one can] locate the tangled knot of truth at the heart of the matter. […] Psychoanalysis is successful when it clears the ground, goes beyond symptoms, goes beyond the real. That is to say, when it touches the truth.
[…] I call a ‘symptom’ everything that comes from the real. And the real is everything that isn’t right, does not work, and is opposed to man’s life and his engagement with his personality. The real always returns to the same place. And it is there that you will always find it, in the same trappings…
The real and the impossible are antithetical and cannot go together. Analysis pushes the subject toward the impossible, suggesting to him that he ought to consider the world as it truly is – that is, an imaginary world without meaning. Whereas the real is like a gluttonous seagull, and only feeds on meaningful things, actions that have some meaning."
just had a patient leave my office (affectionately) saying something like, “You know, when I come up here to see you, I mean to leave after no more than 30 minutes…and then I end up talking for a whole hour! I hate you for that!”
'There can be no crisis of psychoanalysis’, reprinted interview with Lacan (1974)
Emilio Granzotto:What is it that drives people to have themselves analysed?
Jacques Lacan:Fear. When something happens to someone and they do not understand it, even if they wanted it to happen, they are afraid. They suffer from not understanding, and little by little they fall into a panic. This is neurosis. With hysterical neurosis, the body becomes ill from the fear of being ill, and without really being so. With obsessive neurosis, the fear brings bizarre things to mind, thoughts that cannot be controlled, phobias in which forms and objects acquire different meanings that make people afraid.
Granzotto:But what is anxiety, in psychoanalysis?
Lacan:Something that is situated outside our body, a fear, but a fear of nothing, that can be driven by the body, including the mind. The fear of fear, in sum.
"[Freud’s] doctrine put truth itself in question, and this concerns everyone, each individual personally… Let’s say that [psychoanalysis is] a practice, and it is concerned with whatever is not going right."
"…Freud. How can it be said that he has been left behind, when we have still not yet entirely understood him? …We must not forget that [psychoanalysis] is something entirely new, with regard to both medicine and psychology and its outliers."
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"Intimacy cannot be expressed discursively. The swelling to the bursting point, the malice that breaks out with clenching teeth and weeps; the sinking feeling that doesn’t know where it comes from or what it’s about; the fear that sings its head off in the dark; the white-eyed pallor, the sweet sadness, the rage and the vomiting… are so many evasions."