Psychoanalysis: a mapping out, turning the symbolic inside out

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Ball, Terry
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The School of Psychotherapy at SVUH
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This paper considers the notion of psychoanalysis as a ‘mapping out' which was put forward by Lacan in his 24th Seminar, L'insu que sait de l'une bévue s'aile à mourre. The implied synonyms for ‘mapping out', such as, ‘identifying with one s symptom' and ‘turning inside out', are highlighted so as to gain some insight into this notion. How one is to understand and situate the symbolic intervention of the analyst and interpretation as a cut are also explored, as are the notions of the symptom - a symbolic representation with an effect in the Real and the possibility of dissolving this effect. Lacan's toric depictions of these ideas are also presented.