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Writing in Psychoanalysis by Antonio A Semi, Pier L Rossi, Emma Piccioli

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CHAPTER FOUR

 

 

Writing in psychoanalysis

 

Antonio Alberto Semi

 

 

 

 

 

The theme of writing in psychoanalysis is at once clearly delimited and quite broad. However, before dealing with the more specific question of this main focus, I would like to make a few observations on the broader Issue of writing—that is, the problems that writing itself, from its very origins, has posed for mankind. It must have been a truly ecstatic moment when man understood that a concrete fact—a mark on a tablet or a rock, a carving on a tree—could be linked to a thought. No activity is more consistently symbolic than writing, and no activity more consistently recalls the original reality of the symbol, in both its material and Its psychic make-up.

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