The notion of "endless ecstasy" may be understood to imply that the model for this experience is the figure of Narcissus trapped in the pool of his own reflection. Because the mirror stage now replaces the nursing dyad and weaning as the governing structure of the psyche, it is not unexpected to find Lacan's anti-biologism once again suspended. Lacan does not, however, view the child's captivation by the reflected image as wholly negative. Adopting the stance of an objective or external focus, Lacan describes an observer's reaction to this drama of reflexive identification: "[O]ne is all the more impressed when one realizes" (and I take the impersonal "one" as a sign of special investment on his part) "that this behavior occurs either in a babe in arms or in a child who is holding himself upright by one of those contrivances to help one to learn to walk without serious falls" ("Some Reflections," 15). The past is a place to which full access is never possible. The analytic discursive mode and empirical evidence brought to bear on "The Mirror Stage" of 1949 should not be allowed to obscure Lacan's invitation to regard the description of how the ego is constructed as a vehicle for conveying that structure itself. While the exposition of successive stages does provide a conceptual scaffolding for Les complexes familiaux, Lacan occasionally formulates a more intricate view of subjectivity in his essay: The contents of this [maternal] imago are produced by feelings specific to infancy. The mythic Janus could also be invoked as a metaphoric analogue for this aspect of mental functioning. the 19 propositions (Carl Rogers’ theory of personality), and; the six necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic personality change. The fear of castration is like a thread that perforates all the stages of development. Lacan situates the I (which is largely a function of the eye) in the future of a far from perfect tense. Whereas the first phase coincides with early childhood, the second characterizes a psychical tug-of-war, a dialectical tension ranging over the life span of the subject. The case of an infant seeing itself in a mirror is used as an exemplary case of self-recognition; Lacan posits that all children pass through this stage of self-recognition, as reflected (primarily) in the mother as primary caregiver. Previously, however, Lacan still tended to envisage a life cycle whose progress could be tracked and precisely relived. A similar directive appears in the "Bibliographical note" attached to Alan Sheridan's translation of Šcrits. The other is neither strictly in-here nor out-there. In Lacan's view, "the structural effect of identification with the rival is not self-evident"; rather, it is conceivable only "if the way is prepared for it by a primary identification that structures the subject as a rival with himself" (Šcrits, 117 / 22). In context, I propose, there is a double irony. As this division implies, Ferenczi defines the "classical" approach in terms of its passivity. . Therefore, when FranÁoise Dolto, Lacan's colleague and an eminent children's clinician in her own right, raises an objection to this retroactive view during his seminar of 1964: I don't see how, in describing the formation of intelligence up to the age of three or four, one can do without stages. For Lacan, the connection between the hommelette and the facts of origin--that is, the procreative agency of the parents--seems to be again the telling and difficult one. The motoric advantage of the animal is offset by the spark of early human intelligence. The Creature demands Frankenstein make it a companion, so it will not be the only one of its kind. The monsters states “Frankenstein! Solitude induces a shameful development of morals.…, Because of Victors actions, the creature is not able to control his rage. The theory I there advanced, which I submitted long ago to the French psychologists," and so forth (14). 4 In Tribute to Freud, the American poet H.D. Furthermore, Lacan now adopts Freud's position, as opposed to Rank's, that anxiety owing to "separation from the womb at birth" goes into effect only retroactively, nachtr”glich, after "this idea of a loss has become connected with male genitals" and the castration complex has been established in relation to the father (SE, 19: 144). In "The Mirror Stage," the warring parties are no longer invoked as Spirit and Flesh, or Virtue and Vice. This type of struggle leads to a "slaying" of the fraternal rival rather than of the father. In opting for a figural approach, Winnicott is closer to Lacan's views than Lacan is to Wallon's. “[The creature] hung over the coffin... he... utter exclamations of grief and horror... After the murder of Clerval... [the creature] abhorred [himself]... [The creature] shall collect [his] funeral pile and consume with ashes... [He] shall die” (Shelley 228-232). (CF, 28 / 14; trans. In such dialectical formulations, the ego defines itself against the specular image, with which it also merges. Third, the figure of the adversary is not the sole change in central casting. This image ("the total form of the body") allows some compensation for the malaise ("the fragmented body-image") that persists in the psyche after the prematurity and discordances of birth. So our horizon of origins keeps changing. A comparison of the "Le complexe de l'instrustion" section of Les complexes familiaux with Lacan's later texts on the mirror stage brings out the evolution in his thinking. The life-and-death struggle between personified abstractions such as "virtue" and "vice," or any pair of symmetrically inverted concepts, may be read as a figural means to conjure up the dual topographies of human aggression: the "internal conflictual tension" that swiftly develops in "aggressive competitiveness" in the social environment (Šcrits, 113 / 19). "By the term 'futural,'" Heidegger writes, "we do not here have in view a 'now' which has not yet become 'actual' and which sometime will be for the first time. However, if we’re talking about media, perception, and representation, we begin with the symbolic-real-imaginary triad of Jacques Lacan’s three psychoanalytic orders, developed during a … Thus, although it is possible to "include in all this [reflecting activity] the actual mirrors that exist in the house," Winnicott still insists, "[i]t should be understood ... that the actual mirror has significance mainly in its figurative sense" (138). The allegorist seeks a revelatory or supratemporal dimension: "The Christian interpreter of the Bible and the Stoic interpreter of Homer both want to discover their versions of the truth" (Rollinson, 19). However, the conceptual changes introduced after 1945 did not prevent Lacan from drawing a close connection between the pre- and postwar versions of his essay. Lacan sums up his viewpoint in a single statement: "What is realized in my history is not the past definite of what was, since it is no more, or even the present perfect of what has been in what I am, but the future anterior of what I shall have been for what I am in the process of becoming" (Šcrits, 300 / 86). I would pause here to observe that by integrating these two viewpoints, Lacan elaborates a virilocal image of self and social functioning in which aggression immediately accompanies identificatory bonding, in which hostility rather than connection is normative. Appropriately enough, "ideal [that is, unreal or imaginary] unity" is endowed by a reflected totality. Some commentators, however, refuse to allow the radical absence of the mother in the mirror-stage theory. I think that as far as ... the phantasies of the castration veil are concerned, and also the threats of mutilation, one needs to refer to the stages. ...[I]t might be argued that the application of psychological terms at all to the unconscious is itself a species of allegory" (61 n. 1). But to exclude the diachronic dimension of Lacan's work would seem to counterman his own instructions. Lacan himself, in spite of his criticism of overzealous seekers, claims to find in Freud's texts an appeal to something that may be termed "always there" (toujours lý): namely, the Name or Interdiction (nom-non) of the Father. Another difference lies in the perception of the psyche, the "life" or "soul," whose typical state is characterized by machia, a "fight." To trace further this skein of similarities and dissimilarities, D.W. Winnicott, in his "Mirror-Role of Mother and Family in Child Development" (1967), discloses an interest in the constitution of selfhood analogous to Lacan's. The question arises: why joy? In the Sophoclean tragedy of Oedipus, the crossroads is a meeting place where two destinies diverge: the father marked for death; the son, for a brief reprieve. In contradistinction to the deadly seriousness of the dialectics of Master and Slave, and to the tragic outcome of the competition between Cain and Abel, Lewis Carroll offers a satiric version of the drama of fraternal feuding. 7-8, 893-94, 908-9). In so doing, Lacan effects a synthesis between the Hegelian phenomenology that posits conflicted intersubjective relations--"the social reality," in KojËve's phrase--as paramount to subject formation and the theological outlook that envisions the psyche as an instrasubjective battlefield. With these two revisionary moments, Lacan could be said to put himself in place of the (Freudian) father and the (Kleinian) mother. Does Chastity ("Pudicitia"), for instance, secretly love the harlot Lust ("Libido"), into whose throat she thrusts her sword? It is after all also accompanied, in Lacan's agonistic view, by an inevitable estrangement, or "assumption of an armour of an alienating identity" (Šcrits, 94 / 7). These reflect the biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that occur during a person's lifetime, from birth through old age. 8 Roudinesco also notes that "a transition was ... effected from the description of a concrete experiment to the elaboration of a doctrine" (Jacques Lacan & Co., 143). At the chairman's behest, the unknown delegate from France did not complete his lecture. "The present translation is of the later version," Sheridan writes (xiii). For the enabling uses of therapeutic treatment, the psychoanalyst extracts suspect, unstable, or, in a word, shifty accounts of the subject's experience. Reflection is perceived by the baby as an outside object which contradicts the fragmented perception of self. Placed in a religious context, the word "passion" (derived from the Latin passio, meaning suffering) refers to Christ's suffering, especially during the days before his crucifixion, for the redemption of humanity. 1 My discussion is mainly indebted to Jane Gallop's "Where to Begin? This distinction carries over into the rhetoric that Lacan and Winnicott use to conceptualize what occurs during the analytic situation. It is also likely that the continual and close study of Freud's texts deepened his understanding of the relevance of Nachtr”glichkeit for his own work. 21-35). Furthermore, given Lacan's sustained reticence about Wallon and the general obscurity of the latter's work outside of France (Les origines has not been translated into English), it is unlikely that Winnicott was directly acquainted with Wallon's research. According to Les complexes familiaux, the process of weaning provokes conflicting attitudes in the infant that regulate all subsequent stages of development: "[P]rimordial ambivalence will resolve itself [se rČsoudra] in psychic differentiations on an increasingly sophisticated and irreversible level" (27 /14; emphasis added). The theory of the three registers of the Imaginary, the Symbolic,and the Real forms the skeletal framework for the various concepts andphases of most of Lacan’s intellectual itinerary. ... Cf. Macbeth must accept his mortality as his killer stares him down, allowing the truth to kill him. There is a polemical point to this insistence. (Hence the spatial dispositions of our adversaries are not always easily determined.) Ferenczi extrapolates from Freud's essay on negation what is not in the text--except, perhaps, as a form of negation: "The first and immediate aim ... of reality-testing," according to Freud, "is, not to find an object in real perception ... but to refind such an object, to convince oneself that it is still there" (SE, 19: 237-38). According to Roudinesco, the archival notes dated 16 June 1936 corroborate Lacan's claim that the discussion of the mirror stage in 1938 reiterates the main ideas of his unpublished paper (Esquisse, 159). Jerome Bruner identified three stages of cognitive representation. Why indeed does recognition of the specular other initially bring with it such jubilation? Lacan thereby departs--sets out and also diverges--from another psychoanalytic precedent. It holds out no such redemptive hope for the language user. 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