Article published in:Dialogue and Representation
Edited by Alain Létourneau and François Cooren
[Language and Dialogue 2:1] 2012
► pp. 174–189
The verbalization of repressed intentions
A socially instituted practice
The widely shared tendency to locate psychoanalysis beyond the scope of the social-historical world is ultimately based on the idea that intention is an inner, mental event that precedes its fulfillment in action or its communication in speech. Now, intention, far from being such a private event, is always expressed, in deeds or in words. Above all, the verbalization of intentions is an instituted practice that mediates interactions by gauging actions against social norms. Freud, by showing his interlocutors how to verbalize new kinds of intentions (repressed ones), implicitly showed them how to gauge actions against the common meanings of an emerging modern, contractual society.
Published online: 12 May 2012
Cited by 1 other publications
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 23 april 2022. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.