When one comes into the world, the Other is already there and one encounters him, in one way or another, embodied by the parental figures in primis. The first links have consequences, as something passes. No one, however, is determined by their family Other, which is why, luckily, no reliable predictions can be made about what the new baby will be like. Every time there is something unpredictable, the unconscious makes everyone different.
The lies of two little girls (1913) interest Freud because they come from well-behaved girls and their symptomatic trait is not taken from the family Other, it is a production of their own, or rather of that intimate stranger who is always at work. No inheritance here.
In the analytical work, the subjects seem to be unable to avoid calling the parental figures into question, usually to blame them for what “happens badly”1; the ethics of psychoanalysis leads each one back to his/her responsibility for the position he/she takes both towards the Other and towards what separates him/her from the Other, that jouissance fixed by an unplanned body event.
1 Colette Soler, «What passes through the generations», Presentation Theme, 2nd European Convention, Meeting of the IF, Rom 10 and 11 July 2021.
What does not pass but is the own, the inedited of each one
When one encounters what is an obstacle, what does not pass of this legacy of the Other, right there where one is dealing with something that escapes, that refuses to realise the enjoyment of the Other,1 it is precisely there that the singularity appears, the inedited, dissident with respect to the mere adherence to support what is already there, imposed.
Could it perhaps be said that it is the inedited which makes the objection, the oversight in an act of obedience that reveals the singularity of the unconscious? Maybe yes, and this is not inherited!
By learning confidence in that which stutters a little, what is not inherited, perhaps, is the chance to be in that which takes strength from the untransmissible desire that can surface from what is of the One-all-alonebeyond the appeal to the Other.
1 Cf. Soler, C., « Le rapport sexuel entre les générations », dans La querelle des diagnostiques, Formations cliniques du Champ Lacanien, Collège de clinique psychanalytique de Paris, Cours 2003-2004, p. 166.
What does not pass of mourning
In his letter of 12 April 1929 to Binswanger concerning the death of his daughter Sophie, Freud says that in mourning there remains something inconsolable, a remainder of libido that cannot be invested elsewhere, something remains invested in the lost object and fails to pass on the new investments to come, adding that it is the only way to continue the love. Given that identification is the first form of bonding with the other, we ask ourselves, in the various moments of analysis, moments of end and passage, what remains of the old identifications that dissolve in the course of treatment, giving way at the end of the analysis to identification with the symptom? Are they identifications that do not dissolve completely, remnants that do not pass, those that account for the oscillation between mourning and enthusiasm at the end of the analysis?
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