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“The most intimate reactions of human beings have been so thoroughly reified that the idea of anything specific to themselves now persists only as an utterly abstract notion: personality scarcely signifies anything more than shining white teeth and freedom from body odour and emotions. The triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them.”

(Source: flimslit, via some-velvet-morning)


Un Homme Qui Dort, 1974. Director Bernard Queysanne

(via soymarrenta)

“Even where [the death instinct] emerges without any sexual purpose, in the blindest fury of destructiveness, … the … instinct is accompanied by … narcissistic enjoyment, … a fulfilment of … old wishes for omnipotence.

The instinct of destruction, moderated and tamed, and … inhibited in its aim, must … provide the ego with the satisfaction of its vital needs and with control over nature, … when …directed towards objects…”

—   Sigmund Freud  (via alterities)

(via alterities)

“something within the melancholic subject certainly enjoys maligning itself—it is the only enjoyment left to him.

Freud tries to explain why, in melancholia, the Super-Ego attacks the Ego: it is because the latter has taken the place of the disappointing object, and so the Super-Ego attacks the object, the one who has disappointed the Ego.

depression is thus simply a mistake of identifying the subject of the offence and the object of punishment.”

—   Sergio Benvenuto (

(Source: alterities, via alterities)

“What would a “cured subject” be like?
A cynic?
A sage?
A hermit? …
A misanthrope?

Not at all.
For if there are no prescriptions … there is [simply] … a final injunction of love: “Love your symptom…!””

—   Gaze & Voice As Love Objects  (via alterities)

(via antimusajhwh)

“The object … would, he fantasizes, … fill out the lack; yet that [object] is precisely the cause of the lack/desire … The slippery [objet a] is … the object that causes desire, rather than that towards which desire tends.”

—   Ben Ramm  (via alterities)

Love does not last when it is too much asked to last, unaware that what one seeks in it is already in oneself.

What causes desire is not something that needs to be attained outside oneself.

Subjectivity is already itself the lack that causes desire. If one is set on a search for lovers and outside objects one should not expect them to fill in one’s lack.

This ensures that one will be in desire but not too torn by desire. We find already within, in us as our own cause, a rest for the restlessness that is caused from within.

—   Andre Vantino (via alterities)

(via alterities)

“To allay anxiety, … a splitting of the object into good and bad aspects … [is] a defense mechanism arises that serves to protect the ego from aggression … [This] brings about an idealization of the good part of the object and sadistic expressions towards the bad part of the object. … The infant later integrates these two parts”

—   Liliana Drob (via alterities)

(via alterities)

“renouncing the guarantee of some big Other is the very condition of a truly autonomous ethics.”

—   s. zizek (via jujutsu-with-zizek)

(Source: alterities)