Concepts of temporality in the theory of transference

Lewis, Andrew 2005, Concepts of temporality in the theory of transference, The journal of Lacanian studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 5-17.

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Title Concepts of temporality in the theory of transference
Author(s) Lewis, AndrewORCID iD for Lewis, Andrew
Journal name The journal of Lacanian studies
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 5
End page 17
Publisher Karnac Books
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1477-3635
Summary This paper examines the temporal concepts that underlie the theory of transference in psychoanalysis. The paper reviews Freud's rejection of linear temporality as characteristic of unconscious thought in favour of regression, repetition, and deferred action. It then develops concepts drawn from Jacques Lacan's theory of the formation of the ego. Here, the biologically determined helplessness derived from the human prematurity of birth becomes transformed into an ego that anticipates subjective unity. The paper then moves on to the more complex theory of the temporality implied in subject formation, offered in Lacan's later theory of separation. Implications are drawn for the use and understanding of transference in the practice of psychoanalysis via clinical examples. In addition, Lacan's ideas on subject formation are proposed as an extension and clarification of previous psychoanalytic theories of development.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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