By Sergio Salvatore, Tania Zittoun
This ebook explores how psychoanalysis can improve and supplement sociocultural psychology. It offers theoretical integrations of psychoanalytical notions within the sociocultural framework, analyzes the old similarities, if now not intricacies, of the 2 fields, and provides papers that experience attempted to use an enriched theoretical framework in developmental and medical empirical paintings. the 1st part provides editors' theoretical proposition for an integration of 1 specific movement of psychoanalysis inside of sociocultural psychology, which emphasizes either the dialogical and the semiotic nature of mental dynamics. the second one part pursues this theoretical discussion via a old viewpoint. The 3rd part pursues the results of this parallel reasoning. It invitations researchers that suggest extra syntheses among a few strands of psychoanalysis and ways inside of social and cultural psychology. The contributions amassed during this part exhibit how sociocultural psychology and psychoanalysis can supplement one another, in terms of tracing the emergence of which means in real interactive settings. displaying old universal roots, epistemological similarities, and theoretical complementarities, this e-book intends to indicates how the come across and reciprocal illness among cultural psychology and psychoanalysis may provide leading edge theoretical and methodological syntheses. during the quite a few contributions 3 instructions of improvement grow to be fairly promising for mental technology. to begin with, the semiotic conceptualization of impacts, rising from numerous of the participants, seems to be an important step forward within the realizing of the dynamics of sense-making. A moment promising path of improvement issues method. The reader will locate a number of invites to reconsider the best way of interpreting the phenomena of sense-making. ultimately, the quantity highlights how the relationship among conception and perform in psychology isn't really a trifling topic of software. fairly, the mental intervention might be – has to be – a theoretical item for cultural psychology, because it already is for psychoanalysis. whilst, the intervention can be a fertile area the place a mental perform endowed with reflexive strength generates new theoretical buildings.
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Affective semiosis is a kind of picturing the world shaping it as engaging with the subject. We do not feel an object as bad, rather as bad-with-me/us. Such an addressivity is already entailed in the Kleinian model of affective semiosis of the absent mother, who is not symbolized as a recognition of a fact, but as a (subjective) object endowed with a destructive agency against the person who is symbolizing. And it is also evident in the child’s way of beating and saying “bad” to the table she has just run into.
Connecting this statement to the ones provided in the previous paragraphs, we can add that such addressivity Outlines of a Psychoanalytically Informed Cultural Psychology 29 is signified and shaped through and in the terms of embodied meaning, that is, of hedonic values that can be considered the first form of meaningfulness, therefore of subjective mental life. THE ROLE OF AFFECTIVE SEMIOSIS IN SENSE-MAKING Having defined our model of affective semiosis, we can now address the focal aim of our contribution: the conceptualization of the role played by affects in sense-making.
This is an evident implication of reification. As a matter of fact, asserting that affective semiosis generates the object that it connotes is equivalent to saying that affective semiosis always and only predicates presences. This comes back to Freud’s seminal observation about the absence of negation in dream work (Freud, 1900/1953) as well as to Klein’s model of the infant’s affective transformation of the experience of the mother’s absence into a present persecutory object. Anthropomorphization The objects generated by affective semiosis as mentally salient are not discrete pieces of the reality (“objects” in the ordinary sense).