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Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language

A Jungian Interpretation of the Linguistic Turn, 1st Edition

By Bret Alderman


162 pages

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Every statement about language is also a statement by and about psyche. Guided by this primary assumption, and inspired by the works of Carl Jung, in Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language, Bret Alderman delves deep into the symbolic and symptomatic dimensions of a deconstructive postmodernism infatuated with semiotics and the workings of linguistic signs.

This book offers an important exploration of linguistic reference and representation through a Jungian understanding of symptom and symbol, using techniques including amplification, dream interpretation, and symbolic attitude. Focusing on Ferdinand de Saussure, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Richard Rorty, Alderman examines the common belief that words and their meaning are grounded purely in language, instead envisioning a symptomatic expression of alienation and collective dissociation. Drawing upon the nascent field of ecopsychology, the modern disciplines of phenomenology and depth psychology, and the ancient knowledge of myth and animistic cosmologies, Alderman dares us to re-imagine some of the more sacrosanct concepts of the contemporary intellectual milieu informed by semiotics and the linguistic turn.

Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of depth psychology. However, the interdisciplinary approach of the work ensures that it will also be of great interest to those researching and studying in the areas of ethology, ecopsychology, philosophy, linguistics and mythology.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Anatomical Bodies - Fleshing Out the Image of Linguistic Reference 2. Abandoned Earth, Abonded Nature - Language Theory as Dream of Departure 3.Earthrise—The Ecocentric Critique of Dissociated Reference 4. Promethean Postmodernism—Stealing Fire From the God-Terms 5. Promethean Purpose as Renewal of the Gods—Reconceiving the Alienation of Sign From Referent Conclusion

About the Author


Bret Alderman graduated from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California, in 2013 with a PhD in Depth Psychology. He currently works as a professional freelance translator and editor. He also teaches courses on dreams and the roots of human behavior for the Summer Institute for the Gifted.

About the Series

Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies

Series Advisor: Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, Essex University, UK.

The Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies series features research-focused volumes involving qualitative and quantitative research, historical/archival research, theoretical developments, heuristic research, grounded theory, narrative approaches, collaborative research, practitioner-led research, and self-study. The series also includes focused works by clinical practitioners, and provides new research informed explorations of the work of C.G. Jung that will appeal to researchers, academics, and scholars alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian