I may say that in the last teaching, Lacan is very close to saying that all of the symbolic order is a delusion, including his own construction of the symbolic order. In fact, life doesn’t make sense. Making sense is already delusional. And that is a very deeply held conviction of Lacan’s. In practice, when you understand what the patient says, you’re captured by his delusion, by his way of making sense. Your work as a clinician is not to understand what he says. It’s not to participate in his delusion. Your work as a clinician is to understand the particular way, the peculiar way he makes sense of things, how he always makes the same sense of things, how he makes sense of the repetition in his life.
- J-A Miller, ‘Ordinary Psychosis Revisited’, Psychoanalytical Notebooks, 19, 2009, Trans. A. Price.