By Sergio Salvatore, Tania Zittoun

This publication explores how psychoanalysis can enhance and supplement sociocultural psychology. It offers theoretical integrations of psychoanalytical notions within the sociocultural framework, analyzes the historic similarities, if no longer intricacies, of the 2 fields, and offers papers that experience attempted to use an enriched theoretical framework in developmental and medical empirical paintings. the 1st part offers editors' theoretical proposition for an integration of 1 specific movement of psychoanalysis inside sociocultural psychology, which emphasizes either the dialogical and the semiotic nature of mental dynamics. the second one part pursues this theoretical discussion via a historic 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 techniques inside social and cultural psychology. The contributions accrued during this part express how sociocultural psychology and psychoanalysis can supplement one another, by way of tracing the emergence of which means in real interactive settings. exhibiting old universal roots, epistemological similarities, and theoretical complementarities, this booklet intends to indicates how the come upon and reciprocal illness among cultural psychology and psychoanalysis may supply cutting edge theoretical and methodological syntheses. throughout the a variety of contributions 3 instructions of improvement turn out to be rather promising for mental technological know-how. 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 matters method. The reader will locate numerous invites to reconsider the way in which of examining the phenomena of sense-making. eventually, the quantity highlights how the relationship among concept and perform in psychology isn't an insignificant topic of program. relatively, the mental intervention will be – should be – a theoretical item for cultural psychology, because it already is for psychoanalysis. while, the intervention can be a fertile area the place a mental perform endowed with reflexive potential generates new theoretical structures.

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Thus, for instance, at this very moment I am typing on the keyboard striving to elaborate and express some ideas on sense-making. At the same time, I am “immersed” in an affective context. ). I can grasp this affective context only partially and vaguely, as it partly escapes to language. I would depict it as a state of pleasant tension. According to the model proposed in this chapter, this state is not only a feeling: it is the cue of a hypergeneralized homogenising meaning that is active in my mind and sustains the sense of myself in the present moment.

SALVATORE and T. ZITTOUN valence of the context of its instantiation. Hence, when a person has experience of the piece of the reality α in terms of the sign a, she/he is experiencing the context A-ness—that is, she/he is experiencing the infinite set of signs an in which the affective meaning consists of. Affective Context as the Ground of Dialogue The concept of affective context that we propose does not underestimate the role of dialogical mechanisms involved in sense-making. As we have seen above (and we will examine in more depth later), affective semiosis unfolds within and thanks to dialogue, as well as it concerns and grounds dialogue.

Affective semiosis is an inherently intersubjective process in accordance to three complementary points of view. First, affective semiosis is an emergent product of dialogical dynamics. Indeed, as we have previously stated (randomization), affective semiosis is the effect of the whole organization of signs—that is, of the way signs are combined within the dialogical stream. Given the fact that unconscious logic does not recognize differences between self and other, one has to conclude that the chain of signs that reduces the randomness and polysemy of the signs encompasses all the contributions to the dialogue, before and regardless of any distinction of their source.

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