8. Rebuilding the Vital Field

  1. Nicola Diamond

Published Online: 7 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch8

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments

How to Cite

Diamond, N. (2013) Rebuilding the Vital Field, in Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118321102.ch8

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019429

Online ISBN: 9781118321102



  • alexithymia;
  • linguistic access;
  • proto-conversation;
  • sensory semiotic vital set-ups;
  • vital field


A qualitative insight into types of intersubjectivity and intercorporeality is relevant only for understanding specific developmental trajectories and should not be confused with the ontological existence of an inevitable intercorporeal state of being. When Laplanche refers to the vital processes passing inevitably through intersubjectivity he implies the inescapable fact of intersubjective-intercorporeal existence. Schore examines the intercorporeal somatic as the basis of the attachment relationship which affectively and biologically regulates and/or dysregulates all the main bodily functions. This view extends the profundity of the other's influence on body process and function. These intercorporeal body processes are in play as the semantic articulations develop in the gestural and sensory patterns derived from the adult world. This chapter ends with a discussion of alexithymia from the view of the proto-conversation as the basis for linguistic access.