September 17th, 11am

"Ego in Anorexia, Egosyntonia, Narcissism and Imaginary Nomination"
By Domenico Consenza

This video seminar will be broadcast online through Webex. Register with Juan Felipe Arango by emailing lacaniancompassvideo@gmail.com by September 8th. Login instructions will be sent out in advance to those who have registered. The event is free and open to all.

In this contribution, Domenico will seek to focus on a paradigmatic aspect of the hypertrophy of the Ego in contemporary clinical practice: anorexia, as a subject’s limitless passion for his image. This is an aspect of anorexia that is very well known and much discussed in the clinical literature.  All clinicians know the particular dramatic attachment that the anorexic subject feels for the hyper ideal of his/her body image. This is, together with the refusal of food, the most evident characteristic in the behavior of the anorexic patient. 

In the psychoanalytic field, the most important post-Freudian interpretations of anorexia have underlined the weakness of the Ego in anorexic patients as a key aspect of their problem (Kestemberg).    

In this perspective, they have thought of the cure as reinforcement of this weak Ego and its relationship with reality (Jeammet). 

The Lacanian perspective goes in another direction. It’s striking that Lacan, the theorist of the mirror stage, didn’t take the direction of a narcissistic pathology in his reading of the clinical question of anorexia.  In the heart of his theory of anorexia, he preferred to put a singular object of jouissance, the nothing (rien), and the operation that rules its functioning: refusal. The anorexic jouissance of the nothing is produced by the action of refusal. 

What place can we give, in this framework drawn by Lacan, to the extraordinary egosyntonia we find in the jouissance felt by the anorexic subject in his relationship with his symptom and with his image?

Lacan’s last teaching seems to offer us a third cardinal element for his theory of anorexia that we can link with the jouissance of the nothing and with the refusal of the Other. This third way is an imaginary nomination, where the name of the symptom takes the place of the identity of the subject.



Since March 15, 2009, Lacanian Compass has offered a series of video conference meetings that allow our members and close colleagues from across the United States to meet between our face to face encounters so as to overcome the great distances that separate us and allow us to work collectively on a regular basis.

Another feature of our meetings is that we invite colleagues from all of the different Schools of the World Association of Psychoanalysis to join us, to offer presentations, and thus allow us to engage globally with our colleagues.

The meetings are held in a series, on the theme of the upcoming Clinical Study Days.

The Video Conferences are open to Members of the Lacanian Compass and by invitation or permission. 

Past presenters include:

  • Thomas Svolos
  • Florencia Fernandez Shanahan
  • Natalie Wulfing
  • Pierre Gilles Gueguen
  • Neus Carbonell
  • Jorge Assef
  • Ricardo Seldes
  • Marcelo Veras
  • Sergio Laia
  • Sophie Marret
  • Marie Helene Brousse
  • Marcus Andre Vieira
  • Russell Grigg
  • Frank Rollier
  • Jean-Luc Monnier
  • Jean-Pierre Klotz
  • Gerardo Requiz
  • Ram Mandil
  • Elisa Alvarenga
  • Anne Lysy-Stevens
  • Heloisa Caldas
  • Leonardo Gorostiza
  • Antoni Vicens
  • Fabián Naparstek
  • Marco Focchi
  • Fabian Fajnwaks


The Virtual Member Conversations take place one Wednesday every month at 8.30pm EST. Lacanian Compass Members will receive an invitation with the link prior to each meeting. A complete 2017 calendar is available here. For assistance, contact lacaniancompassvideo@gmail.com