Taking Lacan’s so-called graph of desire as our point of orientation, this year’s seminar focuses on the centrality of the clinical concept of desire in Lacan’s return to Freud. Lacan distinguishes and proposes a dialectical relationship between need, demand, and desire.  Given the structure of language to which human beings are subject, needs and demands are addressed to an Other whose desire forever unmoors the speaking being from the rails of instinct where satisfaction is realized.  In other words, a place is carved out for desire, a vanishing point that is always elsewhere, or other.  The psychoanalytic experience concerns this Other scene, where an object cause of desire insists and ex-sists as the very destiny of the subject as Lacan conceives of it.  How does the analyst’s act, an act mobilized by a desire-to-know, hold open a place for the work of the unconscious, and desire’s “interpretation” through the chaining of signifiers—as well as support the analysand’s experience of castration in the experience of the signifier’s limit as regards a Real at work in the life of the speaking being?

The seminar will be run as a clinical cases seminar in which participants will be encouraged to present cases from which the teaching will draw.

Lacan’s Seminar V, “The Formations of the Unconscious”, and “The Subversion of the Subject in the Dialectic of Desire” will be our primary textual references for the seminar.

Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Analyst of the School
Dates:  4th Saturday of the month, September 2018-July, 2019; First meeting, September 22, 2018
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Location:  Los Angeles/Beverly Hills The Maple Counseling Center, 9107 Wilshire Blvd., LL Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD (323)
Fees: $60.00 per class/students $40.00. (There is no charge for current interns and trainees of the Maple Center)

This seminar 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.