A Lacanian Topological Approach to Multidimensional Diagnoses: Love and Hate in RSI and the Transference; and the One, Sexual Difference, and Feminine Jouissance

This seminar will lay out a new model for diagnosis where less diagnoses are better than more, and how many diagnoses could be better organized by distinguishing between structure and surface symptoms. The seminar will examine many principles of Lacanian clinical practice including diagnoses, different types of frames and evidence, the practice of citation and listening as J’ouis-sense, the resistance and desire of the analyst, transference love as a metaphor, the part played by the negative transference in the end of analysis, three forms of love and hate in RSI, and the identification with the sinthome as Lacan’s last formulation regarding the end of analysis.

According to Lacan, both male and female subjects become men and woman via a missing symbolic phallus (Φ) that has different ‘signifieds’ for both sexes. The phallic function within the symbolic order proceeds antithetically by symbolically castrating and raising the symbolic phallus in both sexes in different ways. This differs from anatomical pairing where the penis is the positive image of the negative, or the vagina is the negative image of the penis. The lack in the natural biological state of affairs falls on the vagina. Instead in the cultural symbolic order the lack is shared by both sexes in different ways. Lacan says that men have the symbolic phallus and women don’t, although men’s having is a form of ‘not-without having’ rather than an unequivocal having. For a woman not having is also a form of having. Men’s ‘not without having’ means that the only access to the penis and to a Name in the Culture for masculine beings is through the phallus under the certificate of symbolic castration. For a woman not having the symbolic phallus means that a woman lacks a signifier that can be used to identify femininity or feminine identity. Rather, for women the lack of the symbolic phallus is an empty place of substitution for having other symbolic or metonymic objects, such as the letters and signifiers of the culture, including their Names as a substitute for the void, rather than for the certified phallus. For women the symbolic phallus represents a different form of the lack. Since, the symbolic phallus is a signifier without a signified, the signified for the symbolic phallus in the case of femininity, is not the certified Phi, but which is an imaginary number that does not exist. is a signifier without a signified. Feminine lack can convert into phi or Phi, the imaginary phallus or the symbolic phallus. In the natural imaginary woman is a -phi relating to a masculine phi (-φ and φ), while the symbolic relation between the sexes is between and Phi (Φ), two different forms of the lack that have been symbolized.

The class will use new material from a new book by the instructor “The Practice of Lacanian Analysis: Theories and Principles” which will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Faculty: Raul Moncayo, PhD.
Date and Time: Third Saturday of the Month, September to April 2021, 1-4:00 PM PST
Based on discussion with participants, the Seminar may add a second session on the First Saturday of the Month that will function as a work group.
Location: Online via Zoom, by invitation.
Contact: Raul Moncayo at drraulmoncayo@gmail.com
Fees: $500.00 or School Tuition

This course is approved by the Medical Board of California to train Research Psychoanalysts and by the California Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education Units for Licensed Psychologists. This course is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Units for Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychiatric Social Workers. LSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.