Passage to the act
|French: passage à l'acte|
Origin of the Term
The phrase "passage to the act" comes from French clinical psychiatry, which uses it to designate those impulsive acts, of a violent or criminal nature, which sometimes mark the onset of an acute psychotic episode.
Passage to the Act and Acting Out
As psychoanalytic ideas gained wider circulation in France in the first half of the twentieth century, it became common for French analysts to use the term passage à l'acte to translate the term Agieren used by Freud: i.e. as a synonym for acting out.
Exit from the Symbolic Order
Freud reports that the young women was walking in the street with the woman she loved when she was spotted by her father, who cat an angry glance at her.
Immediately afterwards, she rushed off and threw herself over a wall down the side of a cutting onto a railway line.
- Chemama, Roland (ed.) (1993) Dictionnaire de la Psychanalyse. Dictionnaire actuel des signifiants, concepts et mathèmes de la psychanalyse, Paris: Larousse. p.41
- Freud, Sigmund. (1920a) "The Psychogenesis of a Case of Female Homosexuality", SE XVIII, 147.
- Lacan, Jacques. (1962-3) Le Séminaire. Livre X. L'angoisse, 1962-63, unpublished. Seminar of 16 January 1963.