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FLEISCHER, Déborah et al. The addictive compulsion and its connection with the joy economy: the surplus and the joy plus. Anu. investig. [online]. 2009, vol.16, pp.77-80. ISSN 1851-1686.

Nowadays, we are going through what it was conceptualised as " liquid modernity", etc, in which there is a feature to be highlighted: the higher repercussion of the evidence of, what it could be called ,"surplus" in our culture. Marx calls "surplus value" to an excess of the production not valued in connection to a working value or use one; obeying to the illusion that this could be accumulated and that joy may be obtained of its accumulation. Lacan makes an interpretation of the "surplus value" and, promoting the a object as "joy plus", he turns, as well, that plus into the category of a determiner of the possibility of other joys. However, this resort implies another economical logic : the psychic economy. The following paper tries to articulate and differentiate the "surplus" from the "joy plus", with regards to two different logics and rescuing what psychoanalysis proposes, as a strategy, in the context of the treatment of addictions.

Keywords : Surplus; Surplus value; Joy plus; Addiction; Compulsion.

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