“Our knowledge begins with a story – a bit simplistic, a bit stupid, of the kind we hear from the couch or read in the paper.

It concerns an analyst of great renown, who hour after hour is generous enough to receive and to listen to his illustrious clients. One day he was a little weary and did not get up from his easy chair. A charming secretary, used to this, ushered each patient out at the end of his session. It was 5 o’clock, and the obsessional who was lying there was speaking a great deal. When the session was over, the patient, particularly satisfied with himself, concluded with these words: <l think this has been a good session.> Then, echoing the words habitually spoken by the analyst, he added, <We are going to leave things there.> He looked at the therapist, who appeared to be colder than usual; he seemed to be asleep. But no, he was very pale, really cold. The patient was concerned and summoned the secretary, who became agitated. They called a colleague, who ran right over, listened, and said that the analyst had died three hours earlier.”

“Since its invention, I think that all the patients in the world have learned it or have reinvented it and told it as though it were theirs”

“What is principally in question is a desire to murder, desire to murder the father, that is to say, to bring about a death.” “identificação com a pessoa morta”

“O famoso provérbio, <Pensar em algo como se fosse a morte> (que quer dizer que não se deve pensar nesse algo em absoluto).” Pense na consciência morta de um elefante rosa.

“Even today there are those who believe in the death drive only in the same way that they believed in Santa Claus, in reverence to the fancy and the obstinacy of the old man.” Thankfully!

“he was 12 or 13 and had found an old revolver. There was a discussion at dinner, a dispute with his father, who broke down in tears. That day Jerome swore to himself never to oppose his father for the rest of his life.”

“he had for a long time desired to have a mummy. Moreover, Egyptian history interests him, as does anything else that can clarify the problem of origins. Jerome likes family trees and grand historical syntheses. He wants to know precisely of what lineage he is the final term, the result. He regrets not having a gallery of ancestors whose portraits he can see, so why not Ramses II, who is the mummy.”

“I want for once to be up to date; I want to liquidate all the files that have piled up on the left side of my desk, finally to be able to breathe. When I succeed, anxiety grabs me and I have to find another unfinished task quickly. I exhaust myself in catching up on my lateness, the work that I undertake ought already to have been finished. I have no free time; there are no Sundays for me.

Whether or not it is a question of identification, it is certain that Jerome wishes he were already dead, and especially that he lives as though he were already dead.

He is the end of a line, he cannot have children, he is the finish, the conclusion, already ended; there is no future for him, and the life that remains is already filled with tasks to accomplish, files to classify, affairs to liquidate, problems to bring up to date. On his trips everything is paid in advance. The only time he feels himself alive is at night in his car, when he discovers in the opening created by his headlights a road that promises new and mortal perils… a little like analysis.”

os dados já foram todos lançados

quântico migo babe

Um homem que não encontra seus óculos, pode muito bem ser porque já os tenha encontrado; já os esteja usando; há muito, muito tempo; tanto que já nem se lembra mais.

“l am like a blind man who wants to know what he will see before he gets his sight back.”

“the obsessional structure can be conceived of as the repeated refusal of the possibility of one’s own death.”

“Our unconscious does not believe in the possibility of its own death.” Freud

“Certainly, everyone knows that the mummy, in the dictionary of dreams, can also signify <penis> and can evoke the image of the bandaged organ of a late circumcision.”

“I think you can see that while Isabelle speaks of her sexuality, Jerome speaks of his existence. This is the way that J . Lacan has defined the questions of the hysteric and the obsessional neurotic.”

Freud – lnhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety

“Jerome is convinced that his death will not arrest clock time, and that is what matters for him. He has a truly spatialized time that kepps life suspended or framed. (…) And I am convinced that this spatialization of time, this freezing of becoming, is in part the work of the death drive.”


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