ABSTRACT

It is obvious that the nal satisfaction alleviates sadness, but what remains of anguish at the end, since anguish is essentially an affect related to the real? Analytic discourse involves a paradox in this context: analysis too announces, promises, and produces a form of subjective destitution, either via the object or via the fundamental symptom related to the real unconscious (RUNC) – in this sense, moreover, psychoanalysis is far from being a gospel – and yet it also claims to alleviate anguish and to allow for a shift from wild destitution to enlightened destitution, which is more than bearable and indeed satisfying.