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Lindell, J. (2001). The Visitor: Psychoanalysis and The Impossible. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 10(1):77-80.

(2001). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 10(1):77-80

The Visitor: Psychoanalysis and The Impossible

Review by:
Juhani Lindell

“Mystics alone believe that ultimate reality is not inaccessible, and in the end Bion's sympathies are with the mystics.” (1:213).

Bion saw himself as the prophet of psychoanalysis for the year 2000 (1). His alter-ego Roland encounters DU. Roland manages to identify him/her/it only through negations: (s)he/it is not a devil, nor a nightmare, nor a ghost. In his science fiction Bion exceeds the limits of scientific writing and gives DU a voice. DU demands that (s)he/it be not expelled as (s)he/it has the right to exist without being forever dependent on a thinker. (S)he/it explains: I am the future of the Past, the shape of things to come I am only one of your thoughts. The following paper aims to present DU as a rupture in the represented, as the unsymbolizable cause-object of desire called by Lacan “object (a)” and by Freud “das Unheimliche”. Freud differentiated “Verwerfung” from projection in the case of the wolf-man, stating that what was abolished internally returns from without. This something, which never got an access to the symbolic universe of the subject, Bejahung, because of primordial denial (foreclosure), was later called the Real by Lacan. The Real is the domain, which subsists outside symbolization. Despite that, the Real insists; it “always returns to the same place”. The Real demands symbolization. But the Real is unsymbolizable. It is a (topological non-Euclidean placeless) place, a pure active topos, for symbolization to take place in.

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