On the logic of unconscious objects

Amit Saad*

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The aim of this paper is to distinguish between conscious and unconscious conceptions of objects. I will argue that we consciously ascribe different properties to the same object based on their coexistence in time and space. For example, the colour and flavour of an apple are ascribed to the same object as they relate to the same spatiotemporal location. However, since there is no reference to time in unconscious thinking, we cannot ascribe properties unconsciously to objects based on spatiotemporality. Instead, I hypothesize, properties are unconsciously ascribed to the same object based on the drive they satisfy. This hypothesis accounts for substantial unconscious processes such as condensation, displacement, splitting and certain linguistic features of unconscious thinking. Moreover, it enables the identification of a type of suppression of unconscious content—logical suppression—used to classify levels of personality organization. The clinical merit of this hypothesis will be presented through various case reports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-600
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Psychoanalysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


FundersFunder number
Batnadiv HaKarmi Weinberg


    • Unconscious
    • logic
    • object-relation


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