LX:30 | The Analytical Relation

There is yet another essential trait that is particular to the analytic relation and distinguishes it from any other transferential relation involving a priest, a professor, or a leader. This trait pertains to jouissance and consists precisely in the way in which the psychoanalyst acts and in the particular position of the analyst as object a, a position such that the analyst’s listening contributes to the generation of events. Let me explain. The psychoanalyst is not a partner who governs me like a leader or teaches me like a professor, or who confesses me like a priest, but is a resolutely unique other who, during the gradual unfolding of the cure, will become an integral part of my psychical life. Paradoxically, the analytic relation will progressively cease to be a relation between two persons as it becomes a unique psychical place that includes conjointly the analyst and the analysand, or rather, the place of the in-between which envelops and absorbs the analytic partners. Analysis is in fact a singular place that contains the psychical life of the analyst and the analysand. (98)


Nasio, Juan-David. Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan.  Trans. Pettigrew, David and François Raffoul.  State University of New York Press 1998. 

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