symbolic

With no stable anchoring point, no fixity in the way the melancholic situates himself in relation to the Other, how can any ideal point be established from which the person can see themselves as lovable? … The entry into the symbolic world where one’s position is fixed in the symbolic network is barred. Each time it is necessary to take on a symbolic position, there is only a void. This is exactly the melancholics problem: the symbolic Other is not there to situate him, and so all he is left with is his own image, un-anchored and unchained…

Darian Leader - The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression.