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The Preverbal Roots of Fictional Thinking

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This study suggests the rules that govern the fictional mode of thinking and ponders its possible preverbal roots. Fictional thinking is grafted upon the preverbal imagistic mode of representation, which reflects the spontaneous ability of the brain to produce images and employ them in thinking practices. The human brain spontaneously produces imagistic/fictional worlds that embody thoughts or, rather, bestow cultural form on the amorphous stirrings of the psyche. The creation of language probably had a dramatic impact on preverbal imagistic/fictional thinking in suppressing it to the unconscious and, by its mediation, enabling the creation of iconic media, capable of formulating and communicating fictional worlds. People revert to this mode of thinking because it enables them through metaphoric self-descriptions both to confront their psychic state of affairs and to return to the roots of thought.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2009

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