17. Skin Writing and Touch as Analogous to Language

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch17

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

How to Cite

Diamond, N. (2013) Skin Writing and Touch as Analogous to Language, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch17

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:

  • body image;
  • language;
  • skin;
  • trauma;
  • Unheimlich

Summary

A sense of difference and relationship is required in order to truly feel the flesh as alive and for the flesh to feel the semiotic chain of language. The author focuses on the visual and the ideational body image and the sensory and veritable, and has also looked at extremes experiences of interpersonal trauma which have led to heightened states of sensory and somatic alterity and body fragmentation. The experience of the body after surgery or a routine operation and how it leads to associated states of Unheimlich are explored in this chapter. The chapter describes a bio-life vital skin set-up as an inside–outside and outside–inside. The vital processes that first appear interior have already let the outside in, and the skin surface is directly exposed in its exteriority. There is an affective-relational semiotic structure which situates the brain and body in relation to others in a social field.