“The mistake of the melancholic […] is not simply to assert that something resists symbolic ‘sublation’ but, rather, to locate this resistance in a positively existing, albeit lost, object.” – slavoj zizek on melancholics


Kafka was embracing the nothingness at the core of things, the void from which creativity springs. Kafka is Zizek’s prime example for working and writing despite the uncertainty at the heart of things. Kafka said, I must embrace the nothing. By this he did not mean suicide or self-harm, but the idea of doing nothing in order to be able to do anything at all. – ANDRE VANTINO

Zizek lives the same idea when he says that he lives purely in literature, that he only does what he likes. By this he takes away all the superego pressure and is able to endure the existential void of being alive. He then can live the drive as a death drive that is no longer a selfdestructive drive but one in tune with the Real, a drive no longer repressing the void of the Real. – ANDRE VANTINO

Something can be too realistic to endure, but what makes it Real is not that. What makes it real is its undeniability, its irreversibility, like the irreversibiility of an accident or of realising that one is exposed to a threat. In the same sense nature is real, because it can kill us if we don’t think ahead or respect its dangers. – ANDRE VANTINO

“It is not that ..we repress some traumatic content, and then this content continues to haunt us, repeating itself in disguised forms. ..Repression emerges with the “reification” of the Real into a Thing that resists symbolization. – Then the repressed Real repeats itself.” – Slavoj Zizek, Less Than Nothing

“a psychotic ..lacks ..the unconscious background which gives the words we use their libidinal resonance, their specific subjective weight and color.” – Without this background, psychoanalytic interpretation is powerless, inoperative


“He is horrified at the prospect of being reduced ..in the eye of the Other to objet a. In order to escape this deadlock, he resorts to ..the ‘irrational’ violence aimed at the Other” – Courtly Love or Woman as Thing – SLAVOJ ZIZEK

“in our common daily lives, the “impossible” can happen. In the ..moments of love, we can encounter the real Other’s desire. The real of the woman’s desire is thus [not] encountered ..in the fantasy of the Eternal Feminine” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK

“the abyssal fantasmatic Real of the Feminine which threatens to devour the male subject, is, in its very horror, a defense, an escape from the Real of the Other’s (woman’s) desire” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK