Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lacanian Terminology: Hysterical Repression – Definition and Explanation

In Lacan's theory, Hysterical Repression is a repression of mental content which reemerges through hysterical symptoms. Lacan saw repression as characterizing one of the three structures of the subject (neurotic, pervertic and psychotic). While the pervertic is characterized with denial and the psychotic with rejection, the neurotic structure is associated predominantly with repression. Lacan calls Hysterical Repression "the return of the repressed" which causes hysteria like symptoms. 

Some additional books to help you better your understanding of Lacan's theory and terminology: