By Sergio Salvatore, Tania Zittoun
This booklet explores how psychoanalysis can improve and supplement sociocultural psychology. It provides theoretical integrations of psychoanalytical notions within the sociocultural framework, analyzes the old similarities, if no longer intricacies, of the 2 fields, and offers papers that experience attempted to use an enriched theoretical framework in developmental and scientific empirical paintings. the 1st part offers editors' theoretical proposition for an integration of 1 specific move 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 point of view. The 3rd part pursues the results of this parallel reasoning. It invitations researchers that suggest additional syntheses among a few strands of psychoanalysis and techniques inside of social and cultural psychology. The contributions amassed during this part convey how sociocultural psychology and psychoanalysis can supplement one another, in terms of tracing the emergence of which means in genuine interactive settings. exhibiting old universal roots, epistemological similarities, and theoretical complementarities, this publication intends to indicates how the come across and reciprocal infection among cultural psychology and psychoanalysis may provide leading edge theoretical and methodological syntheses. during the quite a few contributions 3 instructions of improvement turn out to be quite promising for mental technology. first of all, the semiotic conceptualization of impacts, rising from a number of of the participants, seems to be an important step forward within the figuring out of the dynamics of sense-making. A moment promising path of improvement matters technique. The reader will locate numerous invites to reconsider the best way of reading the phenomena of sense-making. ultimately, the quantity highlights how the relationship among concept and perform in psychology isn't a trifling subject of software. really, 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 power generates new theoretical buildings.
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We have tried to integrate them in a concept of the affects as the basic semiotic process that constitutes the intersubjective dynamics of sense-making. For this purpose, we have taken as central the fundamental Freudian intuition, namely that the unconscious is something different from and beyond unawareness, being a specific way the mind works – what he called the primary process. The primary process (rather than the unconscious) is what Freud considered his fundamental discovery. Following Matte Blanco’s logical formulation of the notion, the primary process is the homogenising and generalising activity of the mind, blind to any kind of difference among signs.
This is because working in terms of pure symmetry would mean a condition where no relation, therefore no thought, would be possible. One can imagine the pure unconscious as an absolutely undifferentiated, presymbolic field of activation, produced by the encounter between the mind and the world, where no distinction has yet been made (Bucci, 1997; Valsiner, 2007). In sum, unconscious thought is the mental activity characterized by the strong predominance of the symmetrical logic associated with a quantum of asymmetrical logic, which is however present.
And What About the Logic of Primary Processes? Contemporary psychoanalysis has developed a semiotic approach to the mind, giving room to the notion of affective semiosis and at the same time overcoming the hypostatization of the affective meaning entailed in the implicit reference to a transcendental subject. Nevertheless, in mainly Northern American streams of psychoanalysis, this has not been achieved without costs: a loss of the specificities of the notion of unconscious dynamics as primary process.