The concept of Drive in Freud and Lacan

Event details

  • Saturday | May 14, 2022
  • 8:00 pm

On Saturday 14th of May, Dr Elena Loizou, special scientist at the University of Cyprus, will deliver a seminar on the topic: ‘The concept of Drive in Freud and Lacan’.


In this study, I will present two texts of Freud and one of Lacan on the subject of drive.

The material I used is the following

Sigmund Freud: “Pulsions et destins de pulsion » (Instincts and vicissitudes).

This text disassembles the concept of drive (drive, excitation, satisfaction/ push (poussee), goal, object, goal, source/ destinies of the drive: reversal into the opposite, return on the self, repression, sublimation.

« Au-delà du principe de plaisir » (Beyond the pleasure principle).

In this long and very detailed text Freud introduces the concept of a death drive after reviewing the pleasure principle, the repetition compulsion. I read the French test in parallel with the German one for reasons of clarity.

Jacques Lacan, Le Séminaire livre XI, Les quatre concepts fondamentaux da la psychanalyse, chapter XII « Démontage de la pulsion ». (Disassembling  the drive)

This presentation can only be considered as preliminary.

Curriculum Vitae

Psychoanalyst in formation.

I was born in Nicosia where I finished the gymnasium, studied and worked in Switzerland and France.

I have a Maitrise in Sociology (discourse analysis and feminine press), a Licence in Education Sciences, a demi-Licence in German, post-graduate Diploma in the field of development (developing countries) and a PhD in Sociology (The notion of subject in the work of Michel Foucault).

Elena Loizou

Date: 14th May, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm EET (Cyprus’ time)

Host: School of the Freudian Letter

Participation Fees: €20 (50% discount to Members of the Cyprus Society of the SFL and to students under 25 years old)

Language: English

Limited places available.

For further info & reservations contact: Marina Pafitou