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Unformulated Experience by Donnel B. Stern

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Dissociation in the Strong Sense

Two Kinds of Dissociation: "Strong" and "Weak"

From the perspective of language—from the top down, so to speak—there is only a single question about the formulation of experience, and it is always the same: Is language being used stereotypically or creatively, empirically or authentically? The stereotypic use of language is always dissociative, because it precludes new experience; the creative use of language just as surely and dependably results in the articulation of new experience, because creative language wants to accomplish nothing else. There is, then, only one kind of formulation. Language is always interpretive; the question is only whether the interpretation is hackneyed or from the ...

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