3. Bodily Expression and Language Relations

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch3

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

How to Cite

Diamond, N. (2013) Bodily Expression and Language Relations, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch3

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:

  • bodily expression;
  • language;
  • psychoanalysis;
  • sensory semiotics;
  • somatic access;
  • symbol

Summary

The relationship between bodily expression and language is a complex one. Historically there has been a dominant tendency to reduce bodily communication and to elevate linguistic communication to language proper. This chapter explores affectivity as necessarily interpersonal and as part of a wider social relational field, as developmentally in process between bodies and across the life cycle. Then, it turns to the developments in understanding that help open up the field of language to bodily semiotics and allow for greater fluidity in process. In psychoanalysis in the theory of symbol formation, absence and separation play a crucial role. The chapter makes a distinction between somatic access to the symbol and a more complex symbolic process. The latter has similarities with what in mainstream psychoanalysis is referred to as symbolic process.