“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


In neurosis, we are dealing with hysterical blindness or loss of the voice, that is, the voice or gaze are incapacitated. – Less Than Nothing

in psychosis, on the contrary, there is a surplus of the gaze or voice, for a psychotic experiences himself as gazed upon (paranoiac) or he hears (hallucinates) non-existing voices. In contrast to both these stances, a pervert uses the voice or gaze as an instrument, he “does things” with them. (Slavoj Zizek)

“psychosis is the failure of an inscription for lack—of being all one sex—neurosis denying the difference; ..perversion repudiating it” – ELLIE RAGLAND