Poetic confluence: A sociological analysis of an enigmatic moment

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-345
Number of pages18
JournalPsychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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