Despite the important place it occupies in both Freudian and Lacanian nosology, obsessional neurosis has received far less attention than its erstwhile companion hysteria. This volume of essays aims to elaborate and deepen research into the question of obsession, going beyond the usual cliches which reduce obsession to the question 'Am I alive or dead?', and providing rigorous discussion of some of the following themes: the creation of the category of obsessional neurosis and of OCD, act and action in obsession, debt and guilt, aggression and solicitude, distinguishing the symptomology of obsessional neurosis from OCD phenomena, and clinical questions of work with obsessional subjects.
Table of Contents
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
A brief outline of Freud's and Lacan's conceptualisation of obsessional neurosis
Guilty cognitions, faulty brains.
Obsessive-compulsive disorders in the age of the condition-of-autonomy (1980-2010)
Lacanian Approaches to Obsession
The signification of debt in obsessional neurosis
The cutting edge of desire in obsessional neurosis: Lacan with Leclaire
The signification of mastery of the control of the orifices in anal eroticism
The Rat Man
The Lacanian Structure of Obsessional Neurosis
There is a stain on the horizon.
A loop or two into obsessional neurosis
About the Author
Astrid Gessert is a psychoanalyst and a member of CFAR and of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK. She has worked for many years in the NHS, in private practice and as supervisor. She is a regular contributor to the CFAR public lecture and training programme and lectures and facilitates seminars at other psychoanalytic organisations.