Language and Psychoanalysis http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com/ <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> The University of Edinburgh en-US Language and Psychoanalysis 2049-324X <p><img src="//i.creativecommons.org/l/by/4.0/88x31.png" alt="Creative Commons License"> <br> This is an Open Access journal. All material is licensed under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)</a> licence, unless otherwise stated.<br>Please read our <a href="/languageandpsychoanalysis/about/policies#openAccessPolicy">Open Access, Copyright and Permissions policies</a> for more information.</p> Therapeutic Mother Tongue and its Implications on the Work of Polyglot Psychotherapists http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com//article/view/5324 <p>Psychodynamic psychotherapy occurs in the lingual field. At its core, the “talking cure” uses the power of words to transform the psyche. Questions arise when the psychologist using language as a central means for therapy is a foreign-language speaker. Research and personal contributions of polyglot therapists in recent years show, that practicing psychotherapy in foreign languages effects the therapist’s work on many levels; technical aspects, the therapist’s self-perception and role, the therapeutic relationship, therapist’s experience and understanding of language as an element in therapy, and more. The present study interviewed nine polyglot therapists in different stages of their career using diverse and different languages in their practice. Analysis of the data in the context of Winnicott’s construct of potential space (Winnicott, 1971) and current linguistics theories regarding language embodiment (Pavlenko, 2005) brought about the suggestion of the concept of <em>Therapeutic Mother Tongue</em>, that refers to the language of training. Therapists’ experience of Therapeutic Mother Tongue and other languages are explored.</p> Enav Or-Gordon ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-01-17 2021-01-17 10 1 1 26 10.7565/landp.v10i1.5324 Traces of Unconscious in Language http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com//article/view/4390 <p>The significance of language in clinical practice first emerged with the Anna O. case, a study by Freud. Lacan went on to support Freud’s findings. Through the Back to Freud movement, Lacan proved language to be crucial from theoretical and clinical perspectives. According to Lacan, the name of the father in the language used by the mother functions as a signifier for the mother’s desire. It corresponds to the first repression and enters the symbolic register. It refers to Lacan’s famous statement ‘Unconscious is structured like a language’. As such, in his theory, Lacan actively uses the concepts of signifier, signified, metaphor and metonymy and offers new interpretations of these concepts. Therefore, to study the unconscious, working with language is the main method. However, because of repression, the unconscious can only be studied through the traces it shows in language. In this article, traces of the unconscious in language are explained using clinical examples. Clarifications are provided as to how traces of the unconscious can be studied analytically.</p> M. Zuhal Bilik Eylül Ceren Hekimoğlu Faruk Gençöz ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2021-01-31 2021-01-31 10 1 1 9 10.7565/landp.v10i1.4390 Attachment Style, Mother Tongue Proficiency and Sociocultural Identity Amongst Second and Third Generation South Asian Immigrants in Hong Kong http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com//article/view/5475 <p>This study examined the relationship between attachment style, mother tongue (L1) and dominant language&nbsp;(DL) proficiency, sociocultural identification with the culture of origin, and life satisfaction amongst second-generation and third-generation South Asian immigrants in Hong Kong. Participants included 69 women and 28 men who were permanent residents of South Asian ethnicity, and who had grown up in Hong Kong. The results identified significant associations between attachment insecurity and L1 and DL proficiency, as well as commitment to the origin culture. There was a positive association between life satisfaction and commitment levels to origin culture, indicating that high commitment levels to origin culture tend to coexist with high life satisfaction. This study adds to the existing literature with a focus on language skills, attachment and acculturation in immigrant populations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Kulwinder Kaur Dhaliwal Laura A. Cariola ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-08 2021-03-08 10 1 1 14 10.7565/landp.v10i1.5475 Bewitching Oxymorons and Illusions of Harmony http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com//article/view/5486 <p>Wittgenstein’s account of how language bewitches one’s intelligence is a singular achievement in the phenomenology of language. In section 426 of <em>Philosophical Investigations</em> Wittgenstein famously claims that the meaning of a word is to be found in the “actual use” of it, and he contrasts this understanding with the projection of a picture:</p> <p>A picture is conjured up which seems to fix the sense <em>unambiguously</em>. The actual use, compared with that suggested by the picture, seems like something muddied. ... [T]he form of expression we use seems to have been designed for a god, who knows what we cannot know; he sees the whole of each of those infinite series and he sees into human consciousness. (Wittgenstein, 1953, section 426)</p> Robert D. Stolorow George E. Atwood ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-03-14 2021-03-14 10 1 1 4 10.7565/landp.v10i1.5486