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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.
Jacques Lacan, http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1668-there-can-be-no-crisis-of-psychoanalysis-jacques-lacan-interviewed-in-1974 (via chipclayton)
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[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.
Jacques Lacan, ‘There can be no crisis of psychoanalysis’, reprinted interview with Emilio Granzotto of Italian Panorama magazine, 1974 (via sinthematica)
Why “the Other” with a capital O? […] What creates the founding value of […] words is that what is aimed at in the message, as well as what is manifest in the pretence, is that the other is there qua absolute Other. Absolute, that is to say he is recognized, but is not known. In the same way, what constitutes pretence is that, in the end you don’t know wether it’s a pretence or not. Essentially it is this unknown element in the alterity of the other which characterizes the speech relation
 Lacan (via alterities)
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