Expressing the Virtual and the Image-Affect: The Problem of Language

  • Julian Manley
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


Since social dreaming is expressed in language despite its intensely visual and affective nature, this chapter discusses the way words and language can affect social dreaming work. The objectivity of language as a tool for focussed meaning is discussed and compared to the metaphorical use of words. In the course of this discussion, Lacanian theories of language and the unconscious are considered in the context of the nature and quality of dream material.


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  • Julian Manley
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  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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