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Poetic confluence: A sociological analysis of an enigmatic moment

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JournalPsychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives
DateAccepted/In press - 11 Sep 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2019
DatePublished (current) - 2019
Issue number3
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)328-345
Early online date8/07/19
Original languageEnglish


This paper examines a form of interpersonal relationality that takes the form of a speech event in which one participant produces a spoken turn that exhibits a poetic relationship to a co-participant’s unspoken thoughts or unarticulated mental imagery. This examined in relation to an earlier analysis of a speech error during therapy which appeared to reflect some form of telepathic communication between patient and analyst. Drawing from sociological studies of the organization of everyday social interaction, I sketch some ways in which a sociological approach can contribute to psychoanalytic reflections on telepathic experiences between patient and analysts.

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