Nicola Diamond's Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary PDF

By Nicola Diamond

ISBN-10: 0470019425

ISBN-13: 9780470019429

Between Skins demanding situations individualistic bills of the physique in psychoanalysis. Drawing on philosophy, modern neurobiology and developmental study, Nicola Diamond explores the ways that physically procedures and epidermis adventure are inseparable from the sphere of language and environmental context.

  • The first publication to deal with epistemological implications for a brand new knowing of the physique and embodiment - bargains a brand new viewpoint at the department among brain, physique and world
  • Brings jointly a philosophical phenomenological account of physique adventure with key thoughts from psychoanalysis, developmental examine and neuroscience
  • Responds to a transforming into curiosity within the physique and psychoanalysis, and considers a few barriers in neuro-biological bills of brain-body tactics for psychoanalytical understanding

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For a further exploration of sexuality and its bodily vicissitudes see my forthcoming ‘Exploring some vicissitudes of feminine sexuality’. 3 Bodily Expression and Language Relations The relationship between bodily expression and language is a complex one. Historically there has been a dominant tendency to reduce bodily ­communication and to elevate linguistic communication to language proper. In this book I reapproach and address afresh the body and its relationship to language and open up an understanding of language and what is meant by the symbol and symbolization.

Spitz looked at orphanages which provided for the child’s basic material needs but no emotional love or continuity in affective care, while Robertson’s studies showed the disastrous effects on a young child of early hospital separation. When the child was left to be looked after by hospital staff and the parents were not allowed to visit, the toddler would shift from fury to apathy, then despair and withdrawal. If the withdrawn state had continued it had the potential to develop into marasmus, a failing 32 The Framework to thrive syndrome which also led to a lowering of immunological resistance to illness and disease.

Body image is derived from the other (Lacan 1977a [1936]) and the space of the field of the Other,1 mirrored from ‘outside’, as inevitably bound to otherness. Lacan refers to the Other as a position no actual person can occupy. I use the term here to emphasize how the body is always predicated on an otherness which it cannot appropriate as owned and to indicate how the body is subjected to an irreducible exteriority that is always there: there is always a look coming from the outside field which cannot be eradicated.

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