Tonality and atonality in the psychic space

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This paper discusses the relations between tonal and atonal regions of the psychic space as being responsible for the relations between movement and stasis. Drawing on a musical terminology, I describe the constant tension between a harmonious pole of thinking and an idiosyncratic one, both in psychoanalytic meta-reflection as well as in the clinical realm, presenting thereby bibliotherapy, poetry therapy, and the poetic zones of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy as the therapeutic forces which “pull” toward the link to atonal psychic areas, enabling in that way the ongoing integration of the homely and un-homely, the syntax and the anti-syntax of the psychic space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-174
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Poetry Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2017

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  • Atonality
  • and tonality
  • bibliotherapy
  • poetry therapy
  • psychoanalytic
  • psychotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology


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