Language and Psychoanalysis 2017-09-24T19:47:48+01:00 Dr. Laura A. Cariola Open Journal Systems <p><strong><em>Language and Psychoanalysis </em></strong>is a fully peer reviewed online journal that publishes twice a year. It is the only interdisciplinary journal with a strong focus on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of language and psychoanalysis. The journal is also inclusive and not narrowly confined to the Freudian psychoanalytic theory.</p> Nikola Tesla and the Science of ‘a Successful Paranoia’ 2017-06-15T18:00:37+01:00 Scott Wilson <p>This essay offers a psychoanalytic reading of Nikola Tesla’s remarkable text <em>My Inventions</em>, a series of articles published in 1919 for the <em>Electrical Experimenter</em> magazine, edited by Hugo Gernsback (Tesla, 2011). The paper argues that the famous ‘elementary phenomena’ described in these articles operate as proto-linguistic elements or enigmatic ‘signifiers’ that form the basis of his subsequent scientific inquiry. These articles demonstrate that unusually for a scientist, Tesla did not give up on the object cause of his knowledge nor on his own position as the subject of his inventions – indeed I argue that his inventions were the means by which Tesla created and realized himself as a subject. I discuss in particular two of Tesla’s inventions: the Rotating Magnetic Field, that is the basis for the AC induction motor, and the Magnifying Transmitter in the context of Tesla’s own accounts of their ‘psychological’ genesis. I will suggest that it was through these electrical inventions in particular that Tesla managed to design a form of subjectivation that enabled him to stabilize his schizophrenic symptoms and disclose the coherence and efficacy of knowledge and delusion. In so doing Tesla’s inventions perhaps point the way towards the delivery of science as ‘a successful paranoia’, in the terms of Jacques Lacan.</p> 2017-06-16T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Visualization of Jacques Lacan’s Registers of the Psychoanalytic Field, and Discovery of Metaphor and of Metonymy. Analytical Case Study of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” 2017-09-24T19:47:48+01:00 Fionn Murtagh Giuseppe Iurato <p>We start with a description of Lacan’s work that we then take into our analytics methodology. In a first investigation, a Lacan-motivated template of the Poe story is fitted to the data. A segmentation of the storyline is used in order to map out the diachrony. Based on this, it will be shown how synchronous aspects, potentially related to Lacanian registers, can be sought. This demonstrates the effectiveness of an approach based on a model template of the storyline narrative. In a second and more comprehensive investigation, we develop an approach for revealing, that is, uncovering, Lacanian register relationships. Objectives of this work include the wide and general application of our methodology. This methodology is strongly based on the “letting the data speak” Correspondence Analysis analytics platform of Jean-Paul Benzécri, that is also the geometric data analysis, both qualitative and quantitative analytics, developed by Pierre Bourdieu.</p> 2017-06-19T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A Multilingual Outlook: Can Awareness-Raising about Multilingualism Affect Therapists’ Practice? A Mixed-Method Evaluation 2017-06-28T20:06:39+01:00 Sofie Bager-Charleson Jean-Marc Dewaele Beverley Costa Zeynep Kasap <p>Therapists are often unprepared to deal with their clients’ use of other languages. This study focuses on therapists’ experiences of having undertaken awareness-raising training about multilingualism. Did the training impact their practice? If so, in what areas? Adopting a mixed-method approach, quantitative data were initially collected via an online questionnaire with 88 therapy trainees and qualified therapists who underwent training in multilingualism, combined with interview data from 7 volunteers. Having identified the issues on which the training had had most and least impact in survey responses, the interviews were guided by our emergent interest into the impact of the training with potential relational complexities and unique, personal experiences in mind. A narrative-thematic analysis uncovered interrelated themes: changes, or impact of the training, with regard to Identity and Therapeutic Theory. Therapists referred to considerable transformative learning on both a personal and professional level, for instance in terms of how multilingual clients might bring different and sometimes conflicting ways of organizing events and experiences into meaningful wholes through their narratives during the session. Language switching seemed less significant in the survey, but emerged as a central theme in the interviews, especially with regard to the possibility of addressing, challenging and sometimes combining different emotional memories, cultural and existential concerns. Working across these areas triggered some therapists to consider the need for expanding their theory. </p> 2017-06-26T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Presentations of Complex Mental Illness in Media and Medical Discourses: A Protocol for a Corpus-Assisted Study 2017-07-06T04:06:34+01:00 Laura A. Cariola <p>This study aims to conduct an in-depth corpus-assisted discourse analysis to explore how complex mental illnesses are presented in UK newspaper articles and medical case studies. Attention will be given to the identification of discursive presentation that create and reinforce stigma against mental illness. This study is funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.</p> 2017-06-14T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Family Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Narrative 2017-06-16T18:17:36+01:00 Dianne M. Hunter In an era priding itself on transparency but inundated by lies, a reading technique that demonstrates the unveiling of secrets belongs to the zeitgeist.  Originally a dissertation for a doctoral degree in French from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, this brilliant book by the psychoanalyst and literary detective Esther Rashkin has the classic form of six chapters, plus an Introduction, a conclusion, notes, and an index. 2017-06-16T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##