The analysand brings money to the session to enable the setting into play of chains of meaning at the heart of which he perceives the analyst to contain pearls of wisdom or true knowledge regarding the analysand's suffering.
In seeking to discover what the world wants from him, the analysand poses himself as the answer to what he imagines is the unknowable Other's desire, as represented by one's family, one's friends, one's employer and so on.
This insistence of placement forms the axis enabling the analysand to turn the demand to know what he is for the world in the guise of the analyst--a passive orientation--into the desire to know what the world is for him, an act.
The testimony must proceed anew and stand or fall on its own merits with each new analysand seeking to attain the position of analyst of the school.
The analysand projects onto the analyst a measure of understanding with regard to the specific nature of his problems, which makes it possible for him to engage, within the shelter of the analytic scenario, in the elaboration of the wounds to which, like Alcibiades before Socrates, he clings, unable to see them and to discern their role in his unhappiness.
In this respect, the reader is like the analysand, the writer makes possible the shelter of the reading relation and the book serves as the fantasised other to whom the reader attributes the special knowledge she or he lacks.
Unlike the usual treatment of trauma, in which only the patient has been traumatized, [in this case,] both analyst and analysand
were exposed to the disaster and subsequent fears," Dr.
For this reason, Lacan held that the analyst should not seek to interpret the transference for the analysand, as traditional analysis often advocates, but should instead operate ethically with the transference, since even interpreting the transference, explaining to the analysand the illusions that support it, ultimately involves an uninterpreted operation of the transference that simply reinforces the supposition that this subject (in its function as subject of the enonciation) really knows.
When an analysand in transference demands of the subject supposed to know, "Tell me what my problem is
In thus foregrounding the analysand's rejected elements (a), the analyst summons the analysand to recognize and own these elements.
What the analyst desires is not that the analysand come to embrace a certain value or ideal (this would be the master teacher's desire), acquire a certain knowledge (the professionalist's desire), or attain happiness (the protester's desire), but rather that the analysand come to recognize and recover his own unconscious desire and enjoyment.