The Narcissism of Minor Differences: The Status Anxiety and Disciplinary Intolerance between Sociology and Psychoanalysis

  • Siamak Movahedi
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


In this essay, I show how arbitrary the disciplinary boundary is between psychoanalysis and sociology, how psychoanalysis can complement sociology, how structural analysis in one discipline needs the other to explain its causal efficacy, how symbolic interaction relates to psychoanalysis, and how many psychoanalytic concepts—including the analytic situation—can be expressed in sociological language. My analysis is a form of deconstruction of social fact versus the social subject: searching for the “psyche” in the discourse of “social” is the idea of deconstruction. Deconstruction exposes the conceptual tension between the arbitrary categories of individual versus society, personal troubles and public issues, or psychoanalytic versions of the individual mind and the individual life.


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