the Impossible Professions

 

Excerpt 6, from Jacques-Alain Miller: 
“If you suppress the listener [of the unconscious], you silence the unconscious.  You don’t suppress the unconscious, but, on the contrary, you nourish it by silencing it.  I would say you intensify or exacerbate the drives.  If you silence the unconscious, you exacerbate the drives.  You exacerbate the death drive.
     “And the repetition, instead of being spoken, is acted out.  And, we insist on that.  We are in the world which is taken by a powerful death drive in the name of security and health.”
     —“Lecture at the ‘Rally of the Impossible Professions'”

 

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