Drives and the Primaries
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Lacan maintains that all discourse has its effect through the unconscious. Perhaps we should bear this in mind while touching on the psychoanalytic debate as to the nature of our drives and desires, what differentiates them, and how they function. Drives, in the Freudian sense, are not instincts, according to Lacan, so much as 'pulsions'. "A drive gives you a kick up the arse." Elsewhere he says that "the drive is the advent of the signifier"- first you get a feeling, then the need to articulate that feeling. On the other hand, since words tend to exist before we do, a word, such as 'love' or 'hate', might be envisaged as a magnet, drawing certain feelings into contact with it. Drives "draw up our lines of fate." These are compulsions without the' com'- they are us, they are not forced upon us.