Flirting with re-enchantment: anima and objet a

Henderson, David (2010) Flirting with re-enchantment: anima and objet a. In: The Psyche in Transformation : Regional Conference of the International Association for Jungian Studies, The School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 15-16 July, 2011, London. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


This paper draws comparisons between Jung's concept of anima and Lacan's concept of objet petit a,using four headings: the empty signifier, desire, trace, bridge, psychosis, therapy.It is argued that all archetypal images can be characterised as version of objet a. The concept of objet a, with its focus on the unattainable provides a corrective to tendencies to be overly concrete when thinking of anima images.Objet a anima are both sites of anxiety and pathology. Both concepts are attempt to bridge the gap between biology and psychology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Psychoanalysis
Item ID: 10553
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Depositing User: David Henderson
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 11:06
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26

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