A discussion of the relationship of the phobic object and perversion

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Reilly, Sarah-Jane
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MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Dublin Business School
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The object of this thesis is to re-affirm Lacan's thesis that the phobia and the fetish share an intimate and inextricable relationship; the idea that the phobia's genesis can be posited to the pleasurable object, in the fetishistic object, if you like and vice-versa. The case histories that will be explored further on demonstrate the relationship of the object of repulsion or fear, the phobia and the object of attraction, and if you like, the object of love, the fetish. Indeed, one such case history reveals how the subject in question oscillates between these two objects in a most precarious manner.