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Re: primary process

Posted by alan on August 3, 1999, at 0:25:19

In reply to primary process, posted by suzanne on August 2, 1999, at 22:58:20

> does anyone know anything about primary process?
i've tried to research it a bit without much
success. i think it is preverbal feelings that
stay with us in a way that feels uncommunicative.
as you can see, i'm not clear, but in a way feel i
am stuck in this mode (not comfortable
communicating verbally). thanks!

The only uses of 'primary process' I can think of: 1) sometimes it is presently used to refer to a flow of conscious contents which are not constrained by logic, relevance, etc.; sort of dreamlike. 2) The concept of primary process thinking played a very large role in Freudian theory. Look up "personality theory' in almost any introductory text for Psychology 101 and read about Freud, or a text on personality theory or abnormal psychology, use the index. Calvin Hall wrote a nice short intro to Freud's theories.
I think you are probably more interested simply in non-verbal thinking, thinking in images say, and not being able to express it. Related topics are discussed in the literature of cognitive psychology and especially as regards language or 'verbal behavior'. Maybe neuropsychology in some cases.
i assume I have been of absolutely no help.Maybe you just need be assured that all of us almost never think like we write; lots of stuff just flows thru, and it takes a very good fiction writer to give a sense of it in words. that kind of fiction usually gives me a headache.




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