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TGL - 011 Negativity & The Death Drive

TGL - 011 Negativity & The Death Drive

INTRO:

In this episode of The Gorman Limit, Neil talks more about the concepts of negativity as lack (rather than as bad) and the death drive. This episode is a continuation of Neil's work teaching a seminar on doing clinical work with individuals.

CONTENT:

0:00 - 0:11 - I got this song stuck in my head...
0:11 - 5:00 - Introduction.

  • I'm reaching a seminar.
  • In this episode, I'll be talking about the concept of...
  • Negativity
  • Death-drive

5:00 - 20:35 - The Negative Pt. 1

  • Negative does not mean "bad".
  • Negativity as not having.
  • Negative liberty V. Positive liberty.
  • Negative reinforcement v. Positive reinforcement.
  • It is the stuff we don't have that motivates us, more than what we do have.

20:35 - 28:21 - The Negativity P.t 2

  • Don Draper "Happiness is the thing you have before we need more happiness ."
  • Having is good, but we are (generally) more focused on what we lack that makes us do things and stuff.

28:21 - 37:35 - Death Drive Pt. 1

  • The time before we are born is stress & anxiety-free.
  • Freud says we might want to get back to that.
  • Life is a struggle.
  • If the struggle is enjoyable (if there is jouissance in it) then we desire to continue to live.
  • If the struggle is not enjoyable (if there is no jouissance in it) then we desire to die.


37:35 - 44:28- Let's try to bring it all together.