chapter  4
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Subjective agency ± and passivity

Psychoanalytic literature seems to generally convey a principle of inherent subjective agency that is never explicitly theorized, while it is also constantly presupposed. It is therefore necessary to be aware of these interlocking attitudes if we are to make the best use of our psychoanalytic tradition. And so, in our ongoing re¯ections we should be on the look-out for hints of subjective agency ± both theories and assumptions ± as well as intent upon the detection of psychic passivity. Most authors, in fact, do not explicitly recognize a `germ' of subjective agency, but they do use this assumption all along in their writings.