Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lacan and psychoanalysis

Even with a helpful number of resources, absorbing all the content in Lacan's essay was an arduous endeavor to embark on. If I were to address a key theme or underlying principal, it's based off the distortion between identification and serving as an object of multiple identifiers. In other words, we're "certainty more constituent than constituted", which proposes that we struggle to embody a whole rather than to be the whole. A human beings first gaze at his or her own reflection is an expression of "situational apperception", Churning the start of deep seeded intellectual development. One of the pressing fundamentals of the mirror stage is segregated between producing a sense of self and adhering to a skewed interpretation of what we're led to believe constitutes our behavior and being. This notion can be exemplified based on the conceptualization of  an "ideal I", which is the unfiltered byproduct of desire, left to be chased, but never obtained by man or woman cloaked in outside objectivity and interpretation "The symbolic matrix in which the I is precipitated in a primordial form, before it is objectified in the dialectic of identification with that other, and before language restores to it, in the universal, its function as subject." The mirror I is reconstituted in a socially woven edit of what comprised our former selves before ego could grow wings.  Fragmented body image, or to rephrase, the distortion between acknowledging who you are and inability to express who you are is legitimized under the pretenses of being far too infantile to configure meaning and understanding. The conflict of illusion shows its colors when body and ego pry for dominance. Each mangled by a competition to manifest a human's psyche, fertilizing brain soil with uncertainties and convoluted introspection.  Lacan's essay was a formidable challenge to take on and read, and while I feel i grasped some concepts, others elude me. I'm interested in unfolding his theories in class.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Sam,

    I think your comment "we struggle to embody a whole rather than to be the whole" is very well stated. I admire your blog post because it reiterates Lacan's article with such interesting imagery.

    With that said, you write that there's a distortion between identification and serving as an object of multiple identifiers, but doesn't identification automatically imply multiplicity? I don't understand where you are finding a distortion.

    Also, later on, you write, "the conflict of illusion shows its colors when body and ego pry for dominance. Each mangled by a competition to manifest a human's psyche, fertilizing brain soil with uncertainties and convoluted introspection." I'm interested by this thought because you illustrate the unstable relationship between the Real and the Imaginary, but, again, I don't understand where you are finding a difference between the ego and the body. I think the ego is the structure a person builds when he perceives his body as an organized whole. The ego is superimposed over the Real, creating a cyclical friction between the Innenwelt and the Umwelt, resulting in a dual reality. In other words, I consider the body and the ego to be non-different. I love how you describe paranoiac knowledge as something that fertilizes brain soil—fantastic!

    Please, argue with me.

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