The Lacanian subject is not he individual or conscious subject of Anglo-American
philosophy, not is it the consciously thinking subject. This is because a subject such as
this is indistinguishable from the ego as understood in the school of ego psychology. In
the Rome Discourse in 1955 Lacan spoke strongly against this view of the person.
Likewise, the Lacanian subject is not to be confused with the subject of analytic
In psychoanalysis the analysis must be very careful not to become an ego ideal for the
analysand. In American psychology, we see this is action. The patient identifies with the
strong ego individual of the analyst.
This however has no place in Lacanian analysis. Lacan sees the ego as a necessary and
very important element in the structure of the Mirror Stage. This has nothing directly to
do with becoming a Lacanian subject.