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Anxiety Between Desire and the Body

What Lacan Says in Seminar X, 1st Edition

By Bogdan Wolf


198 pages

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This book provides a unique analysis of Lacan’s conception of anxiety as presented in one of his most fascinating seminars, Seminar X. The seminar took place in the lead up to Lacan’s infamous excommunication from the IPA.

Revisiting Freud’s work on the topic, Lacan conceives anxiety in an "anxiety chart" which includes adjacent terms such as inhibition, embarrassment, and turmoil. He sees desire as the kernel of anxiety, before turning attention to the body.

Anxiety Between Desire and the Body: What Lacan Says in Seminar X is written from the perspective of the analytical experience, its logic, and its surprising discoveries. It will be of great interest to students of Lacanian psychoanalysis, as well as philosophers interested in Lacan’s work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – To begin: between anxiety and love

Chapter 2 – Anxiety chart

Chapter 3 – The cause of desire and the object a

Chapter 4 – "Perverse solutions".

Chapter 5 – Revision of countertransference (1)

Chapter 6 – Revision of countertransference (2)

Chapter 7 – Signs of love – women know best

Chapter 8 – Phenomena of the speaking body

Chapter 9 – The constitution of the object a

Chapter 10 – The phallus and the silent voice

Chapter 11: Psychoanalytic clinic – anxiety and the obsessional neurosis

About the Author

Bogdan Wolf is a psychoanalyst in private practice in London. He is the author of two books and several articles, co-editor of the acclaimed collection Later Lacan, and former editor-in-chief of the Psychoanalytical Notebooks, a publication of the London Society of the New Lacanian School.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health