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Rosen, V.H. Edelheit, H. (1970). Panel on 'Language and Psychoanalysis'. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 51:237-243.

(1970). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 51:237-243

Panel on 'Language and Psychoanalysis'

Victor H. Rosen and Henry Edelheit

Victor H. Rosen opened the panel with the observation that numerous parallels exist between linguistics and psychoanalysis. For example, both depend upon the reconstruction of the past as an important tool, and both are concerned with the relationship between language and thought (Rosen, 1966), (1967), (1969). Freud's structural theory, Rosen noted, had its precursors in the 'Project for a Scientific Psychology' (Freud, 1895) and in the monograph On Aphasia(Freud, 1891). In both of these monographs Freud had stressed the unique potential of the auditory modality for the development of language and suggested that consciousness might be intimately connected with words. Through the coding and decoding of thought, language facilitates self-awareness, and, in creating a sensory trace, words provide a means for the registration of abstract concepts. The analytic situation interrupts many of the usual signal sending and receiving systems and places almost total emphasis on vocal-auditory interchange. Free association, though it encourages the production of fantasy, also demands the most articulate account of it that the individual can produce. The alteration of psychic structure through the use of language is one of the goals of the psychoanalytic process.

Rosen enumerated three areas where problems of psychoanalysis and problems of linguistics meet. These are:

1. rule-directed behaviour in general, including language behaviour.

2. The relation of language to thought.

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