LX:96 | Genuine Happiness

Freud always reminds us that the individual seeks happiness. Then the individual creates obstacles so as not to be able to reach it. What does he define in the end? … …A limited happiness. In fact, psychoanalysis discovers that we, speaking beings, are content in the end with very little. You know, genuine happiness, I mean happiness that is actually found, is in fact an extremely limited satisfaction that one obtains without much effort. Any other satisfaction beyond that limit is what Lacanian psychoanalysts call the jouissanceof the Other. From an ethical point of view, the psychoanalytic position is subversive because, in contrast to certain philosophical schools that recognize in man the search for happiness as a search for the supreme good, psychoanalysis states: we agree that human beings aspire to the supreme good, if we accept that as soon as one begins to pursue the ideal they transform it into a concrete reality of a satisfaction that is drastically scaled-down.


Nasio, Juan-David. Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan.  Trans. Pettigrew, David and François Raffoul.  State University of New York Press 1998. 33-4.


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