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This is why the attachment to the traditional technique, unshakably reaffirmed from the same quarters, after a consideration of the results of the work on the frontier lines enumerated above, is not without equivocation; this equivocation is to be measured by the substitution of the term ‘classic’ for ‘orthodox’ in describing this technique. One remains loyal to tradition because one has nothing to say about the doctrine itself. As far as I am concerned, I would assert that the technique cannot be understood, nor therefore correctly applied, if the concepts on which it is based are ignored.
This is an explanation so apparently comprehensible that we may well be spared the need to understand it. Intuition is prompt, but we should be all the more suspicious of the selfevident that has become an idée reçue. 8 Shall we ask instead where the subject’s frustration comes from? Does it come from the silence of the analyst? A reply to the subject’s empty speech, even – or especially – Ecrits 32 an approving one, often shows by its effects that it is much more frustrating than silence. Is it not rather a matter of a frustration inherent in the very discourse of the subject?
10 Not frustration of a desire of the subject, but frustration by an object in which his desire is alienated and which the more it is elaborated, the more profound the alienation from his jouissance becomes for the subject. Frustration at a second remove, therefore, and such that even if the subject were to reintroduce its form into his discourse to the point of reconstituting the passifying image through which the subject makes himself an object by displaying himself before the mirror, he could not be satisfied with it, since even if he achieved his most perfect likeness in that image, it would still be the jouissance of the other that he would cause to be recognized in it.