Revisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind

Spankie, R. 2019. Revisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. 63 (4), pp. 20-42. doi:10.3167/sa.2019.630402

TitleRevisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind
TypeJournal article
AuthorsSpankie, R.
Abstract

One of the original uses of the word ‘interior’ was to describe that which belongs to or exists in the mind or soul, that is, the mental or spiritual, as opposed to that which is bodily. The etymology of the term gives a clue as to how interior space functions in a manner that is different from the architecture that contains it. This article explores the analogy of architecture as body and the interior as mind through the act of drawing out Sigmund Freud’s study and consulting room, with reference to Freud’s diagrams of the mind. Working with diagrams, the article will demonstrate a relation between Freud’s conceptual shift from descriptive anatomy to hypothetical structures of psychoanalysis and the diagrammatic ordering of the spatial arrangement of his practice.

Keywordsarchitecture
body
diagram
Freud
interior space
mind
projection
psyche
representation
JournalSocial Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology
Journal citation63 (4), pp. 20-42
ISSN0155-977X
Year2019
PublisherBerghahn Journals
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3167/sa.2019.630402
Publication dates
Published01 Dec 2019

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