Negative

From No Subject - Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis
Revision as of 15:59, 23 May 2019 by 127.0.0.1 (talk) (The LinkTitles extension automatically added links to existing pages (<a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="https://github.com/bovender/LinkTitles">https://github.com/bovender/LinkTitles</a>).)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

Contemporary psychoanalytic theory generally uses the term negative in its adjectival form ("negative transference," "negative therapeutic reaction"). Here it is conceptually treated as a substantive. The "work of the negative" is an expression drawn from Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), but its application in psychoanalysis is only remotely connected with Hegelian philosophy, except through the work of Jacques Lacan, who quickly dissociated himself from such a connection. Freud, in his metapsychology, makes implicit use...