An examination of the significance of the difference between the neurotic symptom and the psychotic sinthome
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies
Dublin Business School
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This Final Year Project will examine Freud‟s theory of the neurotic symptom and Lacan‟s concept of the psychotic sinthome and will illustrate the significance of the difference between them. In addition, Freud and Lacan‟s theories of the unconscious and symptom formation, specifically the mechanisms of repression and foreclosure and their consequences for the subject, will be examined. Case studies will facilitate the explanation of these theories. Author keywords: Psychosis, neurosis, psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Freud, Lacan