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French: formation

Formations of the Unconscious

The "formations of the unconscious" are those phenomena in which the laws of the unconscious are most clearly visible; the joke, the dream, the symptom, and the lapsus ("parapraxis").

Laws of the Unconscious

The fundamental mechanisms involved in the formations of the unconscious were referred to by Freud as the "laws of the unconscious," condensation and displacement, which Lacan redefines as metaphor and metonymy.

Formation of Analysts

The "formation of analysts" (formation des analystes) means the training of psychoanalysts.[1]

Formations of the Ego

The "formations of the ego" are the three elements related to the ego:

See Also


  1. Lacan, Jacques. Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. London: Tavistock Publications, 1977. p.144-5