Extracts from 1) Seminar III : 18th April 1956 : Jacques Lacan & 2) Ordinary Psychosis Revisited : 7th July 2008 : Jacques-Alain Miller

by Julia Evans on April 23, 2016

These extracts were originally circulated on the New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis’ Messager on 23rd April 2016 and are available here or below.

There also follows links to the original texts, further information on these texts & other relevant texts.


The texts

From: NLS-Messager

Subject: [nls-messager] 2032.fr/ NLS Congress – ORIENTATION 8

Date: 23 April 2016 at 18:53:14 BST

To: nls-messager@amp-nls.org

Reply-To: nls-messager@amp-nls.org

NLS Congress – Orientation 8

Towards the XIVth Congress of Psychoanalysis of the NLS [New Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis]

Discreet Signs in Ordinary Psychoses. Clinic and Treatment

2nd & 3rd July 2016

Dublin, Ireland


“Let’s suppose that this situation entails for the subject the impossibility of assuming the realization of the signifier father at the symbolic level. What’s he left with? He’s left with the image the paternal function is reduced to. It’s an image which isn’t inscribed in any triangular dialectic, but whose function as model, as specular alienation, nevertheless gives the subject a fastening point and enables him to apprehend himself on the imaginary plane.


The alienation here is radical, it isn’t bound to a nihilating signified, as in a certain type of rivalrous relation with the father, but to a nihilation of the signifier. The subject will have to bear the weight of this real, primitive dispossession of the signifier and adopt compensation for it […] over the course of his life, through a series of purely conformist identifications with characters who will give him the feeling for what one has to do to be a man.”

Jacques Lacan, The Psychoses, Book III, 1955-1956, Ed. Miller J.-A., Trans. with notes Grigg R., W.W. Norton and Co., New York, 1993, pp. 204 – 205.


“So, in one direction, we are led to try to refine the concept of neurosis, but on the other hand, and this is the opposite consequence, you are led to a generalisation of psychosis. And Lacan followed that lead. This generalisation of psychosis means that you don’t have the true Name-of-the- Father. […] The Name-of-the-Father is a predicate […] it is always one special element amongst others which for a special subject functions as a Name-of-the-Father.”

Jacques-Alain Miller, Ordinary Psychosis Revisited

In Psychoanalytical Notebooks 26, p. 45.


Extracts by Anne Béraud


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Comment on Seminar III : 18th April 1956 : Jacques Lacan :

From: Bruno de Florence

Subject: RE: [nls-messager] 2032.fr/ NLS Congress – ORIENTATION 8

Date: 26 April 2016 at 12:17:16 BST

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How true!!! The validity of that assertion can be compared to what currently happens online, with hook-up sites and porn sites where you can upload your own images & videos: manifestations of masculinity are reduced to size !!!






Availability of references:


Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here

Ordinary Psychosis Revisited : Text presented at the Paris English Seminar on 7th July 2008 : Jacques-Alain Miller : translated by Adrian Price (Currently out of print) : Available here


Further texts

Ordinary Psychosis here

Jacques Lacan here

Jacques-Alain Miller here