“Negation is a way of taking cognizance of what is repressed”
(Freud, 1925, p. 235 SE)

In Lacanian informed psychoanalysis, diagnosis is founded on the structure of the analysand, although such diagnosis may take some time before becoming apparent. The three categories of Lacanian diagnosis, neurosis, perversion and psychosis, are based on different mechanisms of negation, respectively repression, disavowal and, foreclosure. Over the course of this seminar, we will study these three categories based on Lacan or Lacanian writings. We will start with Bruce Fink’s book (see below) especially chapter II. We hope that readings for the seminar will come from participants’ suggestions so as to share our questions, vexations or interests. Moreover, the structure of each meeting will encourage case presentation to engage in the clinical experience of the Lacanian diagnosis. In this year-long seminar, we will also keep in mind the question of the importance of diagnosis in itself and its function for the analyst, as well as reflect on the singularity of each case.

Location: Online meetings with ZOOM
Dates/Time 1st of Saturday every month; 10 am-12 pm Pacific Time
October 13, 2018 to June 8, 2019
Fee: $90 for the year (9 meetings), or School Tuition
Participants Open to clinicians: Limit 10 participants
Faculty: Cécile G. McKenna
In collaboration with the Philadelphia Lacan Group

Recommended initial reading
Fink, B. (1997). A clinical introduction to Lacanian psychoanalysis: theory and technique. Cambridge, MA: First Harvard University Press.

Since we will be discussing clinical cases, our meetings will never be recorded. We will also ask participants to sign a confidentiality agreement to never discuss the cases outside our seminar.