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Consciousness, language, and self : psychoanalytic, linguistic, and anthropological explorations of the dual nature of mind

Author: Michael Robbins, M.D.
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
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"Consciousness, Language, and Self proposes that the human self is innately bilingual. Conscious mind includes two qualitatively distinct mental processes, each of which uses the same formal elements of language differently. The "mother tongue," the language of primordial consciousness, begins in utero and our second language, reflective symbolic thought, begins in infancy. Michael Robbins describes the respective  Read more...
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Robbins, Michael, M.D.
Consciousness, language, and self.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2017060094
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Robbins, M.D.
ISBN: 9781138487635 1138487635 9781138487642 1138487643
OCLC Number: 1014152698
Description: viii, 165 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : The lay of the land --
Language and the sense of self --
Two conscious mental processes and their languages --
Theoretical background of the problem of mental process and consciousness --
Fundamental manifestations of primordial consciousness : dreaming and the languages of mother-infant bonding --
The relation of mental process and language : The controversy within linguistics --
The relationship of language to thought and the sense of self --
Belief systems and other everyday phenomenology of primordial consciousness and its language --
Primordial consciousness, language, and cultural differences --
Emergence of the bilingual sense of self during the attachment phase --
What characterizes language aberration? --
Language aberration in relation to pathology of early attachment --
Clinical methodology and data --
Patient essays. Caroline : Schizophrenese ; Jane ; Charles ; Lisabeth ; Jacob ; Our languages and our selves : Discussion and conclusion.
Responsibility: Michael Robbins.

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"Consciousness, Language, and Self proposes that the human self is innately bilingual. Conscious mind includes two qualitatively distinct mental processes, each of which uses the same formal elements of language differently. The "mother tongue," the language of primordial consciousness, begins in utero and our second language, reflective symbolic thought, begins in infancy. Michael Robbins describes the respective roles the two conscious mental processes and their particular use of language play in the course of normal and pathological development, as well as the role the language of primordial consciousness plays in adult life in such phenomena as dreaming, infant-caregiver attachment, creativity, belief systems and their effects on social and political life, cultural differences, and psychosis. Examples include creative persons, extreme political figures and psychotic individuals. Five original essays, written by the author’s current and former patients, describe what they learned about their aberrant uses of language and their origins. This book sheds new light on several controversies that have been limited by the incorrect assumption that reflective representational thought and its language is the only conscious mental state. These include the debate within linguistics about whether language is the expression of a hardwired instinct whose identifying feature is recursion; within psychoanalysis about the nature of conscious and unconscious mental processes, and within cognitive philosophy about whether language and thought are isomorphic."--Publisher's description.

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