Language and Psychoanalysis 2020-05-30T18:31:33+01:00 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">PsycINFO (APA)</li> <li class="show">Scopus</li> <li class="show">Emerging Sources Citation Index</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> A Computerized Text and Cluster Analysis Approach to Psychotherapy Talk 2020-05-30T18:31:33+01:00 Dennis Tay <p>This paper illustrates an analytical approach combining LIWC, a computer text-analytic application, with cluster analysis techniques to explore ‘language styles’ in psychotherapy across sessions in time. It categorizes session transcripts into distinct clusters or styles based on linguistic (di)similarity and relates them to sessional progression, thus providing entry points for further qualitative exploration. In the first step, transcripts of four illustrative therapist-client dyads were scored under ten LIWC variables including ‘analytic thinking’, ‘clout’, ‘authenticity’, ‘emotional tone’, and pronoun types. In the next step, agglomerative hierarchical clustering uncovered distinct session clusters that are differently distributed in each dyad. The relationships between these clusters and the chronological progression of sessions were then further discussed in context as contrastive exemplars. Applications, limitations and future directions are highlighted.</p> 2020-03-07T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Encapsulated Skin-Ego and Anti-Corporeal Manichaean Myth of Femininity in Transmission 2020-05-30T18:31:33+01:00 Ahmad-Reza Mohammadpour-Yazdi Martin Jandl Abolghasem Esmailpour Motlagh <p>We propose, within the context of a <em>Skin Model of Ego Development </em>(SMED), that Didier Anzieu’s work of the skin-ego is a useful entry point into understanding the Manichaean mythic view of femininity as creating an <em>encapsulated skin-ego</em>, that tends to enclose the feminine object in a defensive-isolative capsule, through culturally transmitted ideals, shaped by misogyny. Utilizing this perspective, the unconscious and the myth are seen as being, in general terms, intertwined and expressed in epidermal psychoanalytic dialogue. As a result, the psyche and the body are radically split from one another through the dysfunctioning of the skin-ego that is an asexualized phantasmal-mythic dome of ‘womanhood’, which preserves misogynistic norms and ideals and blocks any possibility of femininity as a subjecthood. Moreover, a culturally transmitted myth-fueled psychic alienation is conveyed through a <em>linguistic mythic time machine</em>, which, in turn, results in transmitting a mythic mindset from one generation to another. In this sense, it is of utmost importance to mention that dysfunctional skin-ego leads to dysfunctional thinking ego therein the result is the isolated mind. Encapsulated thinking ego rejects embodiment, spontaneity, and connectedness with anything that has to do with emotional life. To enrich our discussion, the <em>Matrix movies</em> are used to discuss how the Manichaean system of thought is in motion and survives in transmission.</p> 2020-04-06T21:03:43+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Sexual Throughout the Body of the Tongue 2020-05-30T18:31:32+01:00 Paulo Sérgio de Souza Jr. <p>In Fragment 19 of the <em>Harvard Manuscripts</em>, Saussure claims that difference, since it admits degrees, is an uncomfortable term. If anatomy as destiny (Freud, 1912, 1924) is more nuanced than one would like, since it also admits degrees, and anatomical difference does not mitigate the ultimate impossibility of conjugation between speaking beings (Lacan, 1991), how to think of the transit/translation between bodies and where to situate the differences that belong to them? In order to propose an answer, this paper starts from this hypothesis that it is advisable to develop this reflection about sexual difference a couple of feet above the waistline, foregrounding another organ (the tongue), what allows us to critically rethink the entanglement between gender and anatomy in psychoanalysis, in favor of the notion of style.</p> 2020-05-04T19:15:40+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Writing Lived Experience – A Melancholy Elegy 2020-05-30T18:31:32+01:00 Ying Liu <p>This paper explores the limitations of language in psychotherapeutic writing about lived experience and how psychanalytic concepts can help us both understand and work through the inevitable loss that results from these limitations. It is illustrated by the author’s experience of undertaking a doctoral research project in psychotherapy where the experience of narrative incoherence was explored through writing. Paralleled to the doctoral research project was the author’s challenges in writing the experience of incoherence. By reflecting on and analysing these challenges, this paper explores the sense of loss that is located at the core of writing lived experience through psychoanalytic concepts including the third position and melancholia. The limitations of language in capturing the fullness of lived experienced is shed light on. Connecting the psychoanalytic concept of melancholia to Romanyshyn’s (2013) writing as elegy, I propose writing lived experience as a melancholy elegy in which what is lost in language can be acknowledged and kept alive in the writer’s psyche. I argue for the creative potential brought by the continuous engagement with the sense of loss in writing lived experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reference:</p> <p>Romanyshyn, R.D. (2013). <em>The wounded researcher: research with soul in mind</em>. New Orleans, Louisiana: Spring Journal Books.</p> 2020-05-14T11:45:12+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free 2020-05-30T18:31:31+01:00 Michael McAndrew <p>The tug of war between love and logic in the discipline of psychoanalysis is nearly as old as the Freudian field itself; and is still heard today in the utterances of our analysands. “I love him, but I know he’s no good for me”. <em>“Then why did you go back to him?”</em> “...good question”. This question of love and its logics are at the heart of writer and director Cordula Kablit-Post’s 2016 film <em>Lou Andreas-Salome: The Audacity to be Free</em>.</p> 2020-05-18T17:22:07+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##