End of analysis
|French: fin d'analyse|
Sigmund Freud[edit | edit source]
"Is there such a thing as a natural end to an analysis?"<ref>Freud, Sigmund. Analysis Terminable and Interminable, 1937. SE XXIII p.219</ref>
Jacques Lacan[edit | edit source]
Aim[edit | edit source]
The question of the end of analysis is therefore something more than whether a course of analytic treatment has or has not achieved its aim; it is a question of whether or not the treatment has reached its logical end-point.
Definition[edit | edit source]
- 1. In the early 1950s, Lacan describes the end of analysis as "the advent of a true speech and the realization by the subject of his history" -- that is, as coming to terms with one's own mortality.<ref>Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p. 88</ref>
"The subject ... begins the analysis by speaking about himself without speaking to you, or by speaking to you without speaking about himself. When he can speak to you about himself, the analysis will be over."<ref>Lacan, Jacques. Écrits. Paris: Seuil, 1966. p. 373, n. 1</ref>
- 2. In 1960, Lacan describes the end of analysis as a state of anxiety and abandonment -- that is, as a state of helplessness.
- 3. In 1964, Lacan describes the end of analysis as the point when the analysand "traverses the radical fantasy."<ref>Lacan, Jacques. The Seminar. Book XI. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, 1964. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Hogarth Press and Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1977. p. 273</ref>
- 4. In the final decade of his teaching, Lacan describes the end of analysis as an "identification with the sinthome."
Position of Analysand and Analyst[edit | edit source]
Passage from Analysand to Analyst[edit | edit source]
For Lacan, the end of analysis is also the passage from analysand to analyst -- for all psychoanalysts must undergo analytic treatment from beginning to end before being allowed to practice as analysts.
"The true termination of an analysis" is therefore no more and no less than that which "prepares you to become an analyst."<ref>Lacan, Jacques. The Seminar. Book VII. The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, 1959-60. Trans. Dennis Porter. London: Routledge, 1992. p. 303</ref>
Misconceptions[edit | edit source]
Identification with the Analyst[edit | edit source]
Transference[edit | edit source]
For Lacan, this erroneous view is based on a misunderstanding of transference -- as a kind of illusion which can be transcended -- which overlooks the symbolic nature of transference -- as an essential structure of speech.
Other Misconceptions[edit | edit source]
The end of analysis does not involve:
- the strengthening the ego
- the adaptation to reality
- the disappearance of the symptom
- the cure of an underlying disease (e.g.neurosis)
For Lacan, analysis is not essentially a therapeutic process but rather a search for truth -- and the truth is not always beneficial.<ref>Lacan, Jacques. Le Séminaire. Livre XVII. L'envers de la psychanalyse, 19669-70. Ed. Jacques-Alain Miller. Paris: Seuil, 1991. p. 122</ref>
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