Un autre consistant

A “consistent other” (un autre consistant), is one of the ways Jacques Lacan defined the analyst. Someone who would maintain a particular standard and repeat a task with minimal variation. Maybe a repetition yielding enough trust to facilitate a restorative life experience. A fruitful dependency in the face of shattered hopes and pains viciously inflicted. The continuous presence of a benevolent, yet intrinsically separate other.

The Stolen Girl and Other Stories: Seven Psychoanalytical Tales by Patricia Touton-Victor