By Sergio Salvatore, Tania Zittoun
This e-book explores how psychoanalysis can increase and supplement sociocultural psychology. It offers theoretical integrations of psychoanalytical notions within the sociocultural framework, analyzes the ancient similarities, if now not intricacies, of the 2 fields, and provides 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 circulate 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 ancient viewpoint. The 3rd part pursues the consequences of this parallel reasoning. It invitations researchers that suggest extra syntheses among a few strands of psychoanalysis and methods inside social and cultural psychology. The contributions accumulated during this part exhibit how sociocultural psychology and psychoanalysis can supplement one another, by way of tracing the emergence of that means in genuine interactive settings. exhibiting ancient universal roots, epistemological similarities, and theoretical complementarities, this publication intends to indicates how the come upon and reciprocal infection among cultural psychology and psychoanalysis may provide cutting edge theoretical and methodological syntheses. in the course of the a variety of contributions 3 instructions of improvement grow to be quite promising for mental technology. to begin with, the semiotic conceptualization of impacts, rising from a number of of the individuals, seems to be an important step forward within the knowing of the dynamics of sense-making. A moment promising course of improvement issues technique. The reader will locate numerous invites to reconsider the way in which of studying the phenomena of sense-making. ultimately, the amount highlights how the relationship among conception and perform in psychology isn't an insignificant subject of program. quite, the mental intervention will be – has to be – a theoretical item for cultural psychology, because it already is for psychoanalysis. whilst, the intervention can be a fertile area the place a mental perform endowed with reflexive power generates new theoretical structures.
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Human experience takes its basic and primary shape in terms of these affective meanings (Salvatore & Venuleo, 2008). The conceptualization in terms of symmetrical sets offers an innovative way of looking at affects. As we have said above, psychology and psychoanalysis tend to conceive the affects as bodily states of activation endowed with hedonic basic values (positive vs. negative, exciting vs. relaxing) nourishing and shaping the subjective experience of the world as well as regulating the relational engagement with it.
In the final analysis, this means that affective semiosis treats the signs as constrained-but-yet-infinite potentiality of combination. From the standpoint of affective semiosis no sign has an already defined content. Rather, it acquires its signified only within and through the web of connections that reduces its randomness (Carli & Paniccia, 2002, 2003; Salvatore, Tebaldi, & Potì, 2006/2009). This statement is very clear for any psychoanalyst. Contrarily to the naïve idea of psychoanalysis, the psychoanalytic method takes as its target the contingent pattern of combination among signs as the vector of affective semiosis (Ferro, 2003; Fornari 1983; Odgen, 2004).
B could interpret A’s speech act as just a sign of courtesy, or as a mode of courting, or an endeavour to be forgiven, or to obtain willingness, or to show off the new car, or to underline B’s not having a car at his/her disposal, and so on. At the same time, A could interpret B’s answer in different ways as well: as a ritualistic answer, as a sign of appreciation, as a way of saying “Yes”, or even of saying “No”, and so on. Our fundamental thesis is that the selection of one path of interpretation from the huge amount of possibilities made available by the cultural domain19 depends in the final analysis on the perspective that A and B have on their situated, contingent exchange.