For Jacques Lacan, the psyche is divided among three orders, domains or registers: the Real, the Imaginary, and the Symbolic. In the symbolic register (i.e. the ‘big Other’) language, symbol, metaphor and narrative dominate and determine our subjectivity. For Lacan, because speaking and language (i.e. langue and parole) are the same, one can speak only with the expectation of an answer and in this way the big Other is already implied. Moreover, it is the larger social order, the community, which is addressed, without which there would be no speaking.
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