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Dr Gustavo Restivo


Desire Beyond the Binary 


This  paper  proposes  the  thesis  that  we  live  in  a  society,  often  named  as developed word, in which the unconscious desire, as defined in psychoanalysis, as impossible  and  always  insisting  neurotic  desire,  is  in  decline,  while  jouissance, other that phallic jouissance, is on the upswing. This decline in the neurotic desire, results in a loss rather than a gain of freedom for the subject, exposing the subject to the superego command of capitalism, to enjoy.


Dr Gustavo Restivo is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst with a Lacanian orientation. Dr Restivo is a Member of the School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, current New Zealand Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Chairperson, and founding member and current director of the Centre for Lacanian Analysis. Dr Restivo trained in Clinical Psychology and in Psychoanalysis in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed a PhD in the field of psychoanalysis at Auckland University of Technology in 2013. Dr Restivo is author of numerous articles on psychoanalytic theory and practice.