What is a symptom?
The symptom guarantees a place in the universe. The universe is painful, but too big to know. A symptom is a pain that we know about very well – we know almost everything there is to know about it except why it is that it can’t be given up. Pain can provide a place for a creature that wants nothing more than to define its purpose once and for all. Like an answer to the question of desire (“I cannot bear it,”), pain is reliable, locatable. As modern therapy models tend to say, it is “in the body”, though its source seems to always lie beyond it, beyond even the subject, touched in fragments, but best referred to as an incomparable and very privately known elusivity, one that concerns the question of being for a neurotic.