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FROM ANALYSAND TO ANALYST

THE PSYCHOANALYTIC ACT

 

Terry Ball

 

Firmly based on the premise that the sine qua non of the transmission of psychoanalysis is engagement in one’s own analysis, this paper takes as its starting point Lacan’s opening statement in his Summary of the 1967-1968 Seminar, The Psychoanalytic Act, prepared for the yearbook of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. The elective moment when psychoanalysand passes to psychoanalyst, the so-called Psychoanalytic Act, will be explored with reference to the transference, the subject supposed to know and the fall of the subject supposed to know which entails the fall of the o-object from its position in the phantasy.

 

Keywords: Transference; subject supposed to know / sujet-supposé-savoir; fall of the subject supposed to know; o-object; agalma; psychoanalytic knowledge; psychoanalyst; psychoanalytic act.

From Analysand to Analyst

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