In a fantastic paragraph in his 1986 article Lacan and the Ethics, John Rajchman says, Psychoanalysis is not a medical treatment any more than the unconscious is a medical disorder —a dysfunction or maladaptation. Rather the unconscious is a “structural or constitutive fact about ourselves as speaking subjects, and analysis
From The World of Fragile Things: Psychyand the Art of Living , by Mari Ruti. psychoanalysis recognizes the unconscious as an essential component of psychic life, it shifts our conception of what it means to be a human being: rather than equating personhood with structures of consciousness, rationality, or the ego,
In doing some work, I came across this bit of text that I had highlighted in Thomas Svolos's book Twenty-First Century Psychoanalysis. (Let me add parenthetically, that in the later work of Lacan, more relevant today in practice, as further developed by Jacques-Alain Miller, in addition to this aspect of
I've been kind of passively reading the Complete Essays of Michel de Montaigne [https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/montaigne/]. I found this bit to be very in line with the psychoanalytic idea of the unconscious contradictory subjectivity being more powerful than our conscious attempts to adhere to a consistent identity.
More from the essay Dora by Janet Malcolm [https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Janet+Malcolm&crid=13WSY105TB697&sprefix=janet+malcolm%2Caps%2C100&ref=nb_sb_noss_1] , the first essay in The Purloined Clinic [https://www.amazon.com/Purloined-Clinic-Selected-Writings/dp/0679748105/ref=sr_1_1?crid=A98BHC4ELBFF&keywords=the+