On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 3 – Becoming a real father

The capacity for men to develop into functional, rather than dysfunctional, fathers depends directly upon the psychological and spiritual formation in them of a healthy ego-ideal. Formation of the ego-ideal occurs “through an identification with the symbolic father Continue reading “On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 3 – Becoming a real father”

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On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 2

One of Jacques Lacan’s most famous formulations is that what is radically foreclosed in the Symbolic order, returns in the Real order, to result in psychosis. This means “when the Name-of-the-Father as external guarantor of the Symbolic is foreclosed, then delusions may arise Continue reading “On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 2”

On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 1

We are living in a world restructured by “two discourses: the discourse of science and the discourse of capitalism. These are the two prevalent discourses of modernity which . . . destroy the traditional structure of human experience. The combined domination of these two Continue reading “On foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 1”

Lacan’s “Nom-du-Pere” refers to the Name of God the Father

Jacques Lacan’s famous concept of the “Nom-du-Pere” in psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, its crucial role in human development and the resultant psychosis when it is foreclosed, was interpreted throughout the years to refer to anything and anyone but Continue reading “Lacan’s “Nom-du-Pere” refers to the Name of God the Father”