satisfaction arises from not reaching our goal.

This strange coming together

of satisfaction and failure is

jouissance – pleasure in pain.

Sean Sheehan

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Leaving the entanglement of his thought behind will allow him to not be in a permanent state of embarrassment at the level of his acts and decisions. He will be able to manage without deferring everything until the next day, and to authorize himself to make the Other of permission exist. In the same way, now that he knows the lining of jouissance concealed beneath his virtues and qualities, he will be able to be more virtuous without feeling meritorious, accept pleasure, and abandon the reign of obligation. His will, disjoined from the imperative, will find itself in agreement with desire. But he will know that this economic remodeling, as limitation to the symptom, does not imply that he might be done with his symptom. The obsessional subject will have had the opportunity of noting that his symptom is no longer foreign to him.

“The Later Lacan”

Up to the last stage of his teaching, the predominant ethical attitude of Lacanian psychoanalysis involved a kind of Brechtian gesture of distancing: first the distancing from imaginary fascination through the work of symbolic “mediation”; then the assumption of symbolic castration, of the lack constitutive of desire; then the “going through the fantasy”: the assumption of the inconsistency of the Other concealed by the fantasy-scenario. … In his very last phase, however, Lacan outlines a reversal of perspective, unheard of as to its radicality: the concluding moment of the psychoanalytic cure is attained when the subject fully assumes his or her identification with the sinthome, when he or she unreservedly “yields” to it, rejoins the place where “it was,” giving up the false distance which defines our everyday life.

Tarrying With The Negative – Slavoj Zizek