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=====Jacques Lacan=====
[[Lacan]], in contrast, began his career by working with [[psychosis|psychotics]] in [[Sainte-Anne_hospital|psychiatric hospitals]] before he became a [[psychoanalysis|psychoanalyst]], and elaborates a more specific theory of the origins of [[psychosis]].

[[Lacan]]'s interest in [[psychosis]] predates his interest in [[psychoanalysis]].

Indeed it was his doctoral research, which concerned a [[psychotic]] [[woman]] whom [[Lacan]] calls [[Aimée]] that first led [[Lacan]] to [[psychoanalytic theory]].<ref>{{L}} ''[[Works of Jacques Lacan|De la psychose paranoiaque dans ses rapports avec la personalité]],'' Paris: Seuil, 1975 [1932]</ref>

It is often remarked that [[Lacan]]'s debt to this [[patient]] is reminiscent of [[Freud]]'s debt to his first [[neurotic]] [[patient]]'s (who were also [[female]]).

In other words, whereas [[Freud]]'s first approach to the [[unconscious]] is by way of [[neurosis]], [[Lacan]]'s tortured and at times almsot incomprehensible style of [[Jacques Lacan:Bibliography|writing]] and [[speech|speaking]] to the [[discourse]] of [[psychotic]] [[patient]]s.

Whatever one makes of such comparisons, it is clear that [[Lacan]]'s discussions of [[psychosis]] are among the most significant and original aspects of his [[Jacques Lacan:Bibliography|work]].

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