“In Lacanian theory, ‘object a’ refers to the impossible object of desire that would assure us that the complementarity between the sexes does exist and that we can find in the other that which we lack.”—Joël Dor, The Clinical Lacan, A New Differential Diagnosis, Footnote on object @ (inverted commas added in by sinthematica)
“The signifier of lack in the female other refers not only to woman’s castration in the Freudian sense, but also to the lack that is present in all of us. This lack is what makes desire for the other possible. The drama of castration consists in having to accept the lack in the (m)other and having to realize that no human being can have or be that which can fill the lack in oneself.”—Joël Dor, The Clinical Lacan, A New Differential Diagnosis, Footnote on “signifier of lack in the female other” (via sinthematica)
Melancholia is the brutal disaffection that characterizes our saturated systems. Once the hope of balancing good and evil, true and false, indeed of confronting some values of the same order, once the more general hope of a relation of forces and a stake has vanished. Everywhere, always, the system is too strong: hegemonic.
Against this hegemony of the system, one can exalt the ruses of desire, practice revolutionary micrology of the quotidian, exalt the molecular drift or even defend cooking. This does not resolve the imperious necessity of checking the system in broad daylight.
The hysteric’s phallic narcissism most often takes the spectacular and unmodulated form of “putting on a show,” that is, of staging a performance in which his primary goal is to offer himself to the other’s gaze as the embodiment of the ideal object of desire. The hysteric must therefore identify with this object bodily as well as through speech. The essential thing is to appear as a brilliant object that will fascinate the other.
All the seductive enterprises that the hysteric undertakes are based on this phallic brilliance.
”—Joël Dor, the Clinical Lacan, Features of the Hysterical Structure (via sinthematica)