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Revista Costarricense de Psicología

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VARGAS MORA, Lorena. The Third Space: Displacement Properties of the Psycho-Cultural Experience. Rev. Costarric. Psic [online]. 2018, vol.37, n.2, pp.89-105. ISSN 1659-2913.

The purpose of this article is to present the topic: The Third Space: Displacement Properties of the Psycho-Cultural Experience, referring to the potential space in early human development, which interacts with its historic occurrence in the socio-cultural world. It arises mostly from thoughtful consideration obtained from psychoanalytic consultation with children and adults, as well as investigation of the relationship between psychoanalysis and literatura Psychotherapy with children takes place in a play space, in a psychological workshop where the symptoms causing a disturbance are identified and the conflict is focused in an intermediate zone, thus named by D.W. Winnicott; it is not that far from the treatment of adult patients, wherein the analysis process of the subconscious takes place and creates a time and space of ambiguity and estrangement. Such processes of a clinical nature allow observing that throughout these and human cultural production there is a space which is opened until the transfer of the experience takes place, that is the: third space. Another way to observe this third space is through language; the ambiguous and uncertain component, which takes place in semantic displacement in the literary text. Therefore that temporal and spatial ambiguity, which encourages the displacement of language processes, into cultural expression and artistic productions or psychosocial phenomena, has as its foundation those intra-psychic transitional processes, noticed since early development. Taken amply, the third space is proposed as a theoretical and investigative field becauseit contributes to the reading and investigation of psychoanalytic texts

Keywords : Clinical Psychoanalysis; Play; Displacement; Intra-Psychic; Ambiguity; Third Space; Literary Text,Psycho-Cultural.

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