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Carol Owens – The mOther of all Anxiety


THE LETTER 23 (Autumn 2001) pages 63-76


This paper represents an attempt to unpack some of the key elements in Lacan’s seminar on Anxiety in the context of three clinical examples. My exploratory focus will be on the points at which anxiety appears in each case as it is framed by and within the field of the specular image via the scopic and invocatory drives; the ways in which anxiety becomes narrated as moments at which the formations of the unconscious are made immanent; and, the movements/articulations/actions made by each client which implicate the correlation between the affect and its effect. Commensurate with this focus will be a serious engagement with the particular ways in which anxiety is caught up with ‘m-other-ing’.

The mOther of all Anxiety

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