Language and Psychoanalysis 2021-12-30T13:55:25+00:00 Dr. Laura A. Cariola Open Journal Systems <p>Language and Psychoanalysis 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. <span style="color: black; font-family: Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif,EmojiFont,Apple Color Emoji,Segoe UI Emoji,NotoColorEmoji,Segoe UI Symbol,Android Emoji,EmojiSymbols; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,EmojiFont; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; background-color: #ffffff;"> The journal is also inclusive </span></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,EmojiFont; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; background-color: white;"><span id="0.24802688500432846" class="highlight" style="background-color: #ffffff;">and</span></span></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif,serif,EmojiFont; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; background-color: #ffffff;"> not narrowly confined to the Freudian </span></span><span style="color: black; font-family: Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; background-color: #ffffff;">psychoanalytic theory but open to all language-based psychotherapeutic modalities.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Abstracting and Indexing Information:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li class="show">CORE</li> <li class="show">DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals</li> <li class="show">Linguistic Bibliography Online</li> <li class="show">PsycINFO (APA)</li> <li class="show">Publication Forum (JuFo)</li> <li class="show">Scopus</li> <li class="show">Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index</li> </ul> Language Choice in Psychotherapy of Multilingual Clients 2021-12-30T13:47:32+00:00 Leila Verkerk Ad Backus Laurie Faro Jean-Marc Dewaele Enny Das <p>Language is an essential part of psychotherapeutic work. In psychotherapy involving more than one language and/or culture, acknowledging the impact of the therapist’s and the client’s language(s) can facilitate achieving the most beneficial therapeutic process and outcome. The field has witnessed a surge in interdisciplinary work combining research methods from multilingualism and psychotherapy. This research aims to investigate the role of multilingualism in emotion expression and interpretation in psychotherapy offered by multilingual/multicultural therapists. Ten individual semi-structured interviews with therapists in the Netherlands focused on therapists’ experience of working as a multilingual/multicultural therapist with culturally and linguistically diverse clients. Thematic analysis of the results showed that language choice influenced the therapeutic process and its outcome in terms of discussing emotional topics, establishing and maintaining rapport with the client, and managing linguistic and cultural differences. Linguistic awareness of therapists allows them to manage the linguistic and cultural issues that inevitably arise in encounters with multilingual/multicultural clients.</p> 2021-08-15T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## If Japan was a Person 2021-12-30T13:49:23+00:00 A. Eva Ruschkowski <p>The language memoir has informed a wealth of research on multilingualism. Polly Barton’s book&nbsp;<em>50 Sounds </em>(2021), in which she narrates her experience of moving to Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, is another example of autobiographical writing with rich insight into LX learning. The article examines Barton’s exploration of relationships in and with an LX and reflects on the importance of transferential phenomena in LX acquisition. Parallels between LX and L1 learning during infancy are also investigated. The findings seem relevant for a psychodynamic understanding of LX learning that takes object relations into account and will hopefully result in more research.</p> 2021-12-29T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Location of Anxiety 2021-12-30T13:51:00+00:00 Melih Levi <p>This essay elaborates an alternative to the Freudian and Lacanian conceptions of anxiety by tracing a middle ground between their accounts of linguistic acquisition and object-attachment. Both psychoanalysts overlook the importance of gestural expression while theorizing the eventual reliance on the symbolic with the onset of the Oedipal period. The essay turns to the folk psychology notion of the “theory of mind,” and a specific experiment called the “false belief task” to offer an alternative to how the encroachment of the symbolic is conceptualized in psychoanalytic history. Rather than framing the onset of the symbolic order as a swift <em>entry </em>into language, the essay proposes rethinking it as a process with a longer temporality and a more complex set of expressive behaviors (language, gesture, embodied expression). The comparative account of Freud and Lacan are supported with references to psychoanalysts and scholars of psychoanalysis such as Julia Kristeva, Elizabeth Grosz, and Donald Winnicott.</p> 2021-12-29T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Infinite Singletons and the Logic of Freudian Theory 2021-12-30T13:51:59+00:00 Rosapia Lauro Grotto Milos Borozan Giulia Battilotti <p>The aim of this paper is to advance a formal description of the implicit logic grounding of the psychoanalytic theory. We therefore propose a new interpretation of the logical features of the Freudian unconscious process, starting from the Bi-logic formulation put forward by the Chilean psychoanalyst Matte Blanco. We conceive the universal undifferentiated state of the deep psychoanalytic Unconscious in terms of particular sets named infinite singletons, and we show how they can represent the logical foundations for a formal description of the Primary process. We first disclose some implicit assumptions underlying the common logical language. In doing so, we discover an unexpected presence of symmetry even in the most basic of logical and verbal structures. In the approach derived, we show that infiniteness, not finiteness, is the primary mode of sets, and therefore, of thinking. The pivotal consequence of this model is that the unconscious elements cannot be characterised in the absence of external reality, which produces the collapse of infinite sets and allows for the emergence of linguistic representations. Finally, we discuss how the model could represent a platform to formalise further developments of psychoanalytic theory, in particular with respect to the shift from the First to the Second Topics in Freudian theory.</p> 2021-12-29T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Understanding Consciousness by Max Velmans 2021-12-30T13:54:07+00:00 Robert Beshara <p><em>Understanding Consciousness</em> can almost be said to have a plot/narrative, or a dramatic structure similar to the ‘three-act structure’ model used by numerous screenwriters. In Part I—the Setup—Velmans surveys “mind-body theories and their problems”, in part II—the Confrontation—he reconstructs “a new analysis: how to marry science with experience”, and in part III—the Resolution—he shares with us “a new synthesis: reflexive monism” (v-vi). Velmans starts off in the first chapter with perhaps one of the most basic, nevertheless hard, questions in the field of consciousness studies: “what is consciousness?”</p> 2021-11-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Freud and Said: Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis by Robert K. Beshara 2021-12-30T13:55:25+00:00 Mohammed Rawwas <p>This book review discusses the theoretical, political, ethical, and clinical ramifications of Robert K. Beshara's&nbsp;<em>Freud and Said: Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis</em>, through an exploration of Freud's influence on Said, the interrelations of psychoanalysis and de-/post-colonialism, the psychoanalysis of coloniality, and the decolonization of psychoanalysis.</p> 2021-11-01T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##