“The analyst has to function at the opposite pole from any conscious position of mastery.” – Paul Verhaeghe


“The hysteric wants to fill in the lack of the Other and appeals to the master. He has to produce what she lacks, he has to guarante a wholeness. In exchange she offers herself as the answer to the question she has asked in his place, an answer she refuses beforehand.” – In a tacit conspiracy, the lack is never brought to the negotiating table. This hysterical solution has to be avoided. Psychoanalysis does not make the woman, nor the master. ..Hysteria is the name for the age-old relationship between man and woman. Eve offers Adam the apple of the tree of wisdom, hoping that it would result in knowledge. The very next instant both of them found themselves outside paradise.

– Paul Verhaeghe, From Freud’s Hysteric to Lacan’s Feminine p245

“the subject who believes in his symptom, believes in a sacred prescription of the Other… that will never arrive. Meanwhile, this subject has to fall back on suppletions for this nonexistent Other; the most commonly practised suppletion being the institution of marriage” – Paul Verhaeghe

“the sinthome [is] the idiosyncratic jouissance of a particular subject. The identification with the symptom is in this respect not a Symbolic nor an Imaginary one, but a Real identification, functioning as a suppletion ..for the lack of the Other.” – Paul Verhaeghe

“the Other does not provide us with an answer. ..The subject is “an answer of the Real” + not “answer of the Other”. ..The subject situates jouissance in the body, in the Real of the body. ..There is no longer a jouissance prescribed by the Other, but a jouissance entailed in the particular drives.” – Before, the subject situated all jouissance on the side of the Other and took a stance against this (a position that was particular to this particular subject, i.e., its fundamental phantasm)