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The ordinary

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This paper discusses Peter Lomas's work in the context of the concepts of 'ordinary people' and 'ordinary language'. Obsessions about whether a person is ordinary or not tend to occur in people who are disturbed. Psychoanalysts use the special language of mechanics to explain the phenomena they observe in the consulting room. In this paper it is argued that ordinary language, our mother tongue, is a better way of understanding people. In his work as a psychotherapist and writer, Peter Lomas found more insight in the ordinary language of literature than he did in theory.

Keywords: I-Thou; I-We; imagination; language; mental mechanisms; normativity; ordinary; special; theory; understanding

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642537.2011.548583

Affiliations: Philadelphia Association, London, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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