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the operation by which the subject takes things into itself is called affirmation (Bejahung), and involves a positive judgement of attributes.

Lacan considered that a primary Bejahung is the condition for which something exists for a subject; while foreclosure is the Non-Bejahung disaffirmation, the rejection of something as existing for the subject.

The primary Bejahung involves taking in and symbolizing (an introduction into the Symbolic Order); while foreclosure cuts short any symbolization is opposed to the primary Bejahung, and constitutes what is expelled.