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Hurst, W.J. (2010). Some Reflections, Perhaps a Meditation, on Lacan and the Psychoanalytic Experience. Mod. Psychoanal., 35(1):85-105.

(2010). Modern Psychoanalysis, 35(1):85-105

Some Reflections, Perhaps a Meditation, on Lacan and the Psychoanalytic Experience

William J. Hurst, Ph.D.

Through reflecting on some key Lacanian concepts, the author describes the psychoanalytic experience-the imaginary transference, the symbolic transference, the articulation of desire, and the logical end of the analysis. The transference to the analyst is resolved as the subject passes from the position of the analysand to the position of the analyst. At the logical end of the analysis, the analyst, as “the subject supposed to know,” fades, and the analysand is able to speak to the analyst about herself, as one subject to another. This position, the result of a long and arduous process, has required the subject to assume the helplessness or dereliction that accompanied its giving up of the real connection to the mother with its entrance into language. It has also required the acceptance of its symbolic castration and of its being-towards-death.

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