The Skin Ego has 47 ratings and 4 reviews. Maria said: Anzieu, a psychologist, posits that the ego is enveloped within various types of skins within an. In this classic work, Didier Anzieu presents and develops his theory of the importance of ‘the Skin-ego’. Just as the skin is wrapped around the. Intermediate between metaphor and concept, the notion of the skin-ego was worked out by Didier Anzieu and first presented in Source for information on.

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Up to this point, my allusions to the functions of the skin ego have related to those of containment, protection, and inscription. Tarrab eds A Study of Sensitive Space: Shortly thereafter, Anzieu discovered that Gethsemane had had a difficult birth, and that when he was born his skin was torn and covered in blood.

As a result, his work gives us a developmental approach that stresses the radically relational nature of embodied experience.

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Taking the functions of containment, protection, and inscription as his three prime examples, he shows that the skin operates as a surrogate ego for the infant, since it is the skin that performs the vital tasks the fully-fledged ego will eventually perform.

Feb 25, Maria Carson rated it really liked it Shelves: According to Anzieuthe skin ego is only the first of two structures associated with the fully-fledged ego. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

In terms of groups, Anzieu also maintained that ‘there is no group without a common skin, a containing envelope, which makes it possible for its members to experience the existence of a group self’.

Lily rated it really liked it Nov 13, Drawing on Houzel, I argue that two things happen when we go from the skin ego to the psychic envelope. The skin-ego belongs to the period in development when the psychic ego differentiates from the body ego on the practical level while remaining indistinguishable from it in the imagination.


When I refer to the skin ego as a pictogram, then, I do so for illustrative purposes only. Alejandra Rivas rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Beyond the physical dermis, Anzieu also believes that a conceptual type of “skin” is produced by the combination of olfactory, aural, oral, and other sensory factors throughout life.

Alizade, Feminine Sexuality London p. More importantly, however, the primary processes refer to a mode of mental functioning that comes before thought; indeed, for thought to take place, the ego must be reality-adapted.

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Write a customer review. It is when the infant begins to make sense of its body in individual and, indeed, individuated terms that the phantasy of the shared skin gives way. Although within our intellectual heritage there is no language in which to describe such concepts, no terminology that does not succumb to versions of this polarisation, some kind of understanding of embodied subjectivityof psychical anieuneeds to be developed.

Or, to eog a metaphor that Anzieu himself uses, the skin of the psyche is in many ways like the skin of an onion Anzieu,p. Second, the literal skin — and particularly the sense of touch with which it is associated — is no longer privileged to the same extent. But this approach is not without its problems. Books by Didier Anzieu.

The Skin Ego by Didier Anzieu

She used to let her dirty underwear pile up in the bathroom for several weeks before washing it, and my patient would go in there secretly to breathe in its strong smell, an act which gave him the narcissistically reassuring feeling of being preserved from all harm, even from death. Just as the skin is wrapped around the body, so Anzieu sees the ‘Skin-ego’ as a psychical wrapping containing, defining and consolidating the subject. This task calls on the techniques of transitional analysis.


A well-defined psychic skin is, therefore, necessary for individuation and, ultimately, individuality. Similarly, Steven Pilepp. A Skin for Thought: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This translation is my own. The principle of anaclisis is a key part of how Anzieu makes sense of the structures and functions of the skin ego.

Anzieu leaves the visual sense organ to one side. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In this classic work, the author presents and develops his theory of the importance of ‘the Skin-ego’. Emotion, Depth, and Flesh: Instead, it experiences its own skin as phantasmatically fused with that of its caregiver. The Book of Skin. Naomi Segal is a professor of modern languages, specialising in comparative literary and cultural studies, gender, psychoanalysis and the body.

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Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Intermediate between metaphor and concept, the notion of the skin-ego was worked out by Didier Anzieu and first anziwu in