I have often argued that Slavoj Zizek, despite his explicit Lacanianism, is unconsciously a Jungian. His particular version of « Lacan » is so influenced by his reading of Deleuze and Derrida and many others that it does not correspond to any independently identifiable figure.
Zizek’s Lacan is not the Lacan-1 of the imaginary nor the Lacan-2 of the symbolic, nor even the Lacan-3 of the real, but is a singular creation of Zizek’s that we may call Lacan-Z. It is « Lacan » enriched by Zizek’s whole theoretical trajectory, including his increasing proximity to Deleuzian ideas.
Lacan-Z is the product of what Zizek has called the « Lacan-Deleuze pact ».
Zizek projects this conceptual character backwards and outwards as the origin and source of his reflexions, but Lacan-Z is Zizek’s retroactive phantasm just as Peterson-Z is demonstrably Zizek’s phantasm of what a modern day Jungian must be: an ideologue complicit with the extreme right.
If Zizek could become conscious of his own scotomised Jungianism instead of projecting and demonising it in others perhaps the conditions for a fruitful dialogue with a thinker like Jordan Peterson would be realised.
The desirability and timeliness of this potential dialogue between Zizek and Peterson, and a possible synthesis of the two, is the object of this video by Cadell Last: