13. Permeable Skin

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch13

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

How to Cite

Diamond, N. (2013) Permeable Skin, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019429

Online ISBN: 9781118321102

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Keywords:

  • auto-affective;
  • narcissism;
  • permeable skin;
  • tactile sensation

Summary

It is evident from many of Anzieu's examples of skin ego experiences that he describes alterations in actual sensory skin states and in skin function and structure. He addresses not only a mental body image, but the body as well. His examples of skin ego experiences describe alterations in actual sensory skin states and in skin function. In this chapter, the author challenges the idea of a pure primary state of narcissism which is said to typify the earliest auto-affective experience. In contrast to the skin being the fixed substratum and the psychic ego being where the reflexive turn occurs, the author suggests that tactile sensations develop a state of otherness from the first; by deriving support from the other, otherness structures sensory experience itself.