“New Imaginary in Analytic Experience”
by Jorge Assef
With the title, “New Imaginary in the Analytic Experience,” Jorge Assef presents part of his research on the Lacanian notion of imaginary. He chooses the trait of animal figures in the analytic experience since “they are specific imaginary representations that subjects bring to analysis,” as he points out. He differentiates the moments in analysis when the figures of animals are used, indicating that is not the same use in the beginning—like the phobia of Little Hans—than at the end, like many testimonies of the pass have revealed. He brings the notion of the new imaginary that Lacan introduced in Seminar 23, no longer an imaginary that consists only linked to the symbolic, but a way to approach to the real.