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Wilson, M. (2018). The Analyst as Listening-Accompanist: Desire in Bion and Lacan. Psychoanal Q., 87(2):237-264.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(2):237-264

The Analyst as Listening-Accompanist: Desire in Bion and Lacan

Review by:
Mitchell Wilson

Bion and Lacan have surveyed the territory of the desire of the analyst most compellingly, though an explicit pairing of the two is rare in the literature. The difference between them as regards desire appears to be stark: the former says no to desire, the latter says yes. This paper essays to show that despite clear differences, both Bion and Lacan situate the analyst in the same open, present, and futural position. This analytic position is mobile (rather than fixed) and partakes of a particular kind of desire: one that has not been reduced to a wish but is, instead, trained on the emergence of something new and potentially significant that could not have been imagined or predicted. In this context, the paper describes the analyst as a “listening–accompanist.”

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