“The phallus is itself the signifier of castration + ‘penis envy is most profoundly felt by those who have a penis’.” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK (Citing Boothby, “Freud As Philosopher” p.292 )

on how women might have less pressure to proof their potency than men and thus have less penis envy than men despite the fact that men already have penisses. http://ift.tt/1IHLV0T


“‘Oedipus complex’ is a phase of becoming social. Yet, everyday use of the term makes it sound as if Freud means that someone has complexes. This misuse of Freud’s of it as a term for people who have complexes forgets that thanks to the Oedipus phase, we all have less complexes.” – ANDRE VANTINO on how the Oedipus complex is a phase to go through, and should not be a term for “having complexes” http://ift.tt/1L634AT

“A phobia is a conviction that bad things are unspeakable, and therefore that the unspeakable is always bad.” – And this makes ..understandings for the phobic person always dangerous. If you articulate the terror for the phobic person he may be persecuted by it again.

Adam Phillips, On Kissing, Tickling And Being Bored

“Humans yearn for the Real, ..nevber finding it.. ..The death drive becomes an excessive attachment to that surplus which cannot be accomodated within the symbolic ..existence” – Sean Sheehan