Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To open articles without exiting the current webpage…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To open articles without exiting your current search or webpage, press Ctrl + Left Mouse Button while hovering over the desired link. It will open in a new Tab in your internet browser.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Amir, D. (2018). The Malignant Ambiguity of Incestuous Language. IJP Open, 5:5.

(2018). IJP Open, 5:5

The Malignant Ambiguity of Incestuous Language

Dana Amir

This paper's main thesis is that the profoundly destructive aspect of incest is located no less than in the act itself, in the language that accompanies it, which takes away (or makes it impossible to establish) the victim’s very capacity to think. In the scene of incest, it is not merely the various openings of the body, but also the openings of thought that transform into evacuation or ejection holes or worse, holes for destructive invasion. The girl or the boy are barred from thinking, not only because the abusive scene imposes non-thinking, but because they experience thoughts as gaping holes that expose the child's mind to the danger of being invaded again and again. Clinical and literary vignettes illustrate two defensive positions arising from the malignant contact with the incestuous ambiguous language: One involves the overall flattening of three-dimensionality, layeredness and depth. The other is a defensive phallic position employing various modes of ejection by way of fending off penetration by the other’s thinking. Finally the paper discusses the inherent ambiguity of the psychoanalytic scene and the conditions of possibility it offers for creating a therapeutic alliance in the case of incest victims.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.