Psychotopologies: Closing the Circuit between Psychic and Material Space

  title={Psychotopologies: Closing the Circuit between Psychic and Material Space},
  author={Virginia L. Blum and Anna Secor},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  pages={1030 - 1047}
In this paper we present an argument for a psychoanalytic understanding of space. While Freud struggled to move away from his own early prepsychoanalytic attempts at mapping the psyche through cerebral localization, he nevertheless found himself compelled to use spatial language and topographical models throughout his career. In his ambivalence, Freud emphasized that the space of the psyche should be read as no more than metaphorical. We argue that the topographical models that Freud struggled… 

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