16. Skin Relation

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch16

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

How to Cite

Diamond, N. (2013) Skin Relation, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch16

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:

  • Anzieu;
  • biological system;
  • skin relation

Summary

The author says that the direct skin-to-skin contact outlined in Anzieu's first propping account does not yield skin relation but what emerges in the radical second account is that a certain prohibition is required for skin communication, for a relation between skins. The skin is not a closed-in biological system but is from the first open in relation to an environmental field and has the potential to come alive to self and to others. According to Anzieu, the maternal function excessively prolonged is too successful in maintaining the illusion of a common skin – a direct skin-to-skin contact which effectively smothers the child's body with the illusion of the sufficient skin. Pure continuity of touch does not bring the skin surface into play or to sense the other.