3. Bodily Expression and Language Relations
Published Online: 7 APR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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
- Published Online: 7 APR 2013
- Published Print: 20 MAY 2013
Print ISBN: 9780470019429
Online ISBN: 9781118321102
- bodily expression;
- sensory semiotics;
- somatic access;
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.