Enjoyment/Jouissance

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Abstract

Jouissance, or enjoyment, does not equate simply to pleasure. In the Freudian sense, enjoyment is located beyond the pleasure principle. In his clinical practice, Freud had already observed incidents of self-harm and the strange compulsion in certain patients to keep revisiting the very experiences that were so disturbing and traumatic for them. This paradoxical phenomenon of deriving a kind of satisfaction through suffering, or pleasure through pain is what Lacan designates as jouissance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Zizek Dictionary
EditorsRex Butler
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter18
Pages80-84
Number of pages5
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781315656229
ISBN (Print)9781844655823
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Zizek
  • Lacan
  • Enjoyment
  • Jouissance
  • Psychoanalysis

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